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by ajstokes8
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Hi everyone, Well it's now December 2013 and we have been having a fantastic time in our boat. I haven't capsized once, it is still boomless (I am now a convert), the bamboo mast is still performing perfectly and is light and floats (if I did go over). We have sailed quiet a few trips 8kms each way,...
by ajstokes8
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:08 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Is the rudder blade made to the dimensions from the plans? Yes all dimensions are to the plan, BUT I used bamboo for the mast and sprit which work great BTW. The rudder - I cut out the plan to specifications then cut it through to make a kick-up rudder. It works perfectly. I did that because we hav...
by ajstokes8
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:10 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Sailing the Sprit Sail boomless
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Sailing the Sprit Sail boomless

Well I did it, I got used to my 14 foot Sharpie in all sailing directions and conditions without the boom. It really is cool, it seems to point just as high, it seems more powerful on all other points of sail (or am I imagining it??). AND I now don't have to worry about a boom smacking the wife or k...
by ajstokes8
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Speed I should expect from my Sharpie 14???
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Speed I should expect from my Sharpie 14???

hi guys, can anyone tell me what speed I should be getting form my Sharpie14? According to my GPS app on my phone I sit at around 4 to 5 knots if the wind is about 12 knots. How does this sound? Secondly, how can I make it faster? Other than improving technique (which will be an ongoing thing). More...
by ajstokes8
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: A video I made of our build - Sharpie 14
Replies: 9
Views: 728

A video I made of our build - Sharpie 14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnylgYKw0_w&list=UU4U7NcNbxbFvNNUm04ugztQ&index=1&feature=plcp Hi guys, I quick video of our build and then some sailing at the end. Cheers. Experts will notice we used the cheapest ply we could find, 9mm C/D structural ply. Don't laugh, it was cheap and my first seri...
by ajstokes8
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

My wife made the sail, http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/IMG_7647.JPG Mast step for bamboo mast http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/Mast_step.JPG With Mast - nice fit http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/Mast_step_with_bamboo_mast.JPG Cheap bastard I am, made ...
by ajstokes8
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:44 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Piccies anyone?? http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/andy_boat_023.JPG http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/andy_boat_035.JPG http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/06_Rub_rails_finished_and_sanded.JPG http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/77039/03_Rub_rails_g...
by ajstokes8
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:30 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Test Test :)
Image
does this work??
by ajstokes8
Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Thanks all, Now all we need is some photos. I have posted a lot of piccies in the gallery under ajstokes8 (for those not it the know you search for builders name by checking the builders name box under "search"). Comments and feedback would be most welcome. I don't know how to put a picture in the t...
by ajstokes8
Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: First Sail and Can't turn towards the wind??????

Great news all, I now go windward, at least 45 degrees, maybe even a bit tighter. AND I can tack through the wind. Removing most of the skeg greatly improved the steering. Much more responsive now. Adding the boom certainly helped to keep the sail in shape and closer in for windward performance. I h...