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Re: Dovekie question
I have sailed a Dovekie on occasion. The Dovekies are amazing boats for what they are and what they are not. Given the shoal draft, and unballasted hull, they sail very well and also row reasonably well. They are nicely constructed. I think that they were 'over-sold' as weekend cruisers, but if you are someone used to camping, the Dovekie would not be a bad 'camp-cruiser'. They are a little idiosyncratic to sail, especially at the lighter and heavier end of the wind range since they do not like to tack crisply through the wind at either extreme.
My recollection of the leeboards is that there was a stainless steel weldment that had a plate on a shaft that was thru bolted through to a separate plate on the outboard side of the leeboards. The shaft came through to the interior of the boat and there was a handle on the interior of the boat that rotated the board into place. I really do not recall the fitting that passed through the hull.
I think that the Dovekie was one of the boats that appears either in Philip Bolger's book "Small Boats" or in "The Folding Schooner and other Experiments in Small Boats". I will check when I am home this evening to see if there are any drawings of the leeboard connections. Plan b would be to build your own or have them built for you since Eddy and Duff are out of business since 2010.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay