A Day on the Water
May 12, 2012
Mother's Day Weekend, 2012 - it kind of put a damper on boat building
activities. This weekend was shortened to just Saturday.
It has been a long, dank, winter. Finally, the sun was breaking
through. We need to get the Mollyhawks ready for the start of the
boating season in a couple weeks, but a day like this . . .
Bud and Curt were already hard at it, sanding the second Mollyhawk,
getting her ready for paint. I left them to their task and . . .
Set about rigging my Skin-on-Frame Shenandoah
Whitehall, initial design by Dave
Gentry. You can read more about how this boat has come about
Linn's Shenandoah Whitehall Project
The boat itself weighs ~90lbs. The 8.5' mast weighs ~8, and the
47sqft sail made of 10oz canvas drop-cloth likes to lay it over
on its side. Being so light, the boat is initially 'twitchy' - meaning
it balances on one side, then the other, but it never heels so far
as to even pretend to take water over the side.
Remember, I modified this boat for the Texas 200 - I needed it
to sail in shallow waters. Still, a Whitehall is first and foremost
a pulling boat. The daggerboard is 2' wide and extends into the
water 2'. It displaces enough to float - easily fixed with a bungee.
The rowing seat is perfectly placed, but I really don't like rowing
all that much. I really want a sailboat.
It's a 14' long, 4' wide, 88lbs boat. Step into the middle of it.
That's my anticipated sailing position - between frames 3 and 4.
Look how she trims.
Man, that's a purty boat. I need to work on this sail - I need
to lash it tighter at the throat. This is my first sprit rig, I'm
not sure I am a big fan. You can see I have a very shallow rudder,
as well. This was done for 2 reasons: 1) The shallow waters of the
Texas 200. 2) Because that's all the wood I had.
No wind. The rudder controlled the direction of the boat just fine,
but there was no wind pushing on the boat at all.
So that's how she trims. If I were to carry gear, I'd carry it
just aft of the mast and scoot back a little bit.
With no wind, the only thing to do was grab a 2x4, rip it up a
bit, and make oarlocks out of it.
Bud and Curt (and Malika) had jumped into the 1st Mollyhawk and
took her out for a spin. Damn, that boat rows nice.
So an 80lbs lab-mix makes the Mollyhawk trim a wee bit for'd. I
can't help but think I ought to move that aft seat back a bit.
That was a damn fine day on the water. The Whitehall rows wonderfully
and the Mollyhawk rows like a dream.