I'd forgotten, thanks. "Once is Enough" is probably the only reason we survived multiple capsizes in a hurricane off Fiji. It is more a survival manual than a sailing story. Indeed a must for anyone's library, if they wish to venture offshore.Fiction: "Voyage" by Sterling Hayden
Non Fiction: Probably Miles Smeeton's "Once is not Enough"
glad you asked that, sir. not completely....yet. my first sailboat, bought after reading the afore mentioned book on sailing, and as many other old books on sailing and sailboat design i could find at the local used book store, was a 9' fiberglass dinghy. it had a boomed lateen ( like a sunfish ) but that wasn't it's original sail. the daggerboard was a poorly designed home made job from the PO, as was the rudder blade. it needed a bit of fiberglass repair. in fact, you had to beach every hour, take out the rubber cork i use for a drain plug, and tip it up to drain out the water. by an hour, she'd be sitting pretty low.Captain J, have you built your own boat?
Can I assume the name of the boat is FrankenSail** ** snip } }
yes, i am still sailing it with the temporary wooden keel duct taped to the hull. there is still a stb of the DB bracket, i fabricated, in the former DB slot, to help keep it perpendicular to the hull. when i cut the trunk off, i fabricated a plug and glassed it in the szlot, before i glassed in a piece of FG as a backing to the hole and glassed over the hole. that left me with a partial slot to secure the temporary keel. the last time i got to sail her was new years day. duct tape is great stuff, as long as you don't buy cheap tape.
nice and long rambling post. lol. i hope, eventually, to lift the lines of this dinghy and build a wooden version with this design....but with a lot more freeboard....scaled up to about 15 feet. but time will tell.