These are pictures of the "Shellback Dinghy"
I built from plans in the spring of 2002. At that time I had
a chance to buy a complete marconi sail rigging for a great
price, alum mast, boom, rudder, sail and daggerboard. The sail
was too small for the boat but it helped me meet a deadline
and got me onto the water but I was disappointed in the boat's
performance. The "Shellback's" sailplan is 54 sq ft
vs the 31 sq ft marconi and the mast, boom and yard are wood
vs the alum one I had bought. So wanting to be traditional,
this spring I decided that I would hand craft new wooden spars
and either build or buy a sail to suit. Anyway time and money
being factors, I decided to build a sail and at the last minute
ordered a "Polysail"
kit from Dave Gray. The best investment I ever made.
I was just finishing the mast and spars when the kit arrived.
Since this was my first experience making a sail, I couldn't
put it together in the 3 hours an experienced person might be
able to, but it was laid out, cut, gusseted to add shape, taped
and rigged by Saturday afternoon, and the pictures are taken
of her sailing on Sunday.
I am very happy with the materials in the kit and the instructions
I had downloaded to study prior to receipt of the package. The
sail performs well as you can see the water rolling of the bow
and the wind was light. I sailed an 18 ft Hobie for several
years so I know how the boat should perform. I will probably
replace this sail with a professionally made one someday. I
want to add headboards for extra strength at the stress points
where the four corner grommets attach. Comments: a large, clean,
flat surface is a must.