stats - boat - budget
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Beam - 8'
Length - 16'
Freeboard - 30"
Draft, board up - 4"
Draft, board down - 4'
Weight - 480 lbs.
SA - Main - 120 sq. ft.
SA - Jib - 58 sq. ft.
entry into the River Cruiser Contest is to use one of Captain
William H. Short's Pelican designs with significant internal construction
modifications and enhacementsfor the River Cruiser application.
The Pelican Family are “unique centreboarders, combining the
lines of a Banks fishing dory, with a Sampan bow, shallow draught,
flat, surfing bottom, constant flare angle at chine”. With either
a traditional Standing Lug rig, or a Junk rig option.
plan a light weight plywood hull, probabally Stitch & Glue
construction, with high quality Fibreglass/Carbon Fibre seams
inside and out, to get a modern monocoque construction with
some battens and bulkheads for stiffening.
plan outboard well(s) for Electric Trolling Motor(s), possibly
in an ultra modern, AZIPOD Mode; a housing for a “dippy” , disapearing
propellor installation, driven by Pedal Power or an electric
motor; and a novel Daggerboard/Keel with Roller Blade wheels to aid in Portage mode.
initial Budget Planning allocated one half (½), $2,500 US to
materials,; and one half (½) $2500.US, to consumeables ($1,800.00
for food). Now it looks like the Hull, with used but serviceable
hardware from Marine Consignment stores and/or eBAY. as well
as begged, borrowed &/or stolen appurtanences will
come in at less than $2,500 US: leaving more monies for a more
sumptious and varied diet, as well as miscelaneous unforseen
cost(s), ie. a bigger contingency fund.
used Kit and Hull Only prices from a Comercial builder of Pelicans
as well as correspondance from/with Members of the Yahoo Group
Pelican-Sail to coroborate my hull building estimated cost(s).
will be an open cockpit, lightest weight, plywood version, of
the Great Pelican: sixteen (16') hull.. If cost of material
gets out of hand the fall back is to the smaller Pacific or
the San Francisco Bay Pelicans.
Up- with lanyard control for raising/lowering, from inside the
cockpit, at a/the, normal operating position(s).
the centreboard /trunk, (for more functional space in the cockpit),
with a unique, dagger board/winged keel, fitted with Roller
Blade wheels to facilitate rolling the boat on launch/retrevial
ramp as well as on the public thoroughfare(s) in Portage Mode.
shoal draught (Portage) mode the winged keel will fit into a
recessed well leaving only the bottom half of the Roller Blade
wheels exposed. The wing is to give a wide footprint for the
River Cruiser requirements, for two (2) people, in reasonable
comfort, to operate the boat for long ten (10) to twelve (12)
hours per day, will require a largeish hull, hence the Great
Pelican (16'); with a/the Lug Rig as low cost, auxillary
power.The Sails will be begged borrowed or stolen so as
not to apply to the overall budget limit(s).
boat will have a Roller Reefing/Furling Genoa: and I
am also considering an Asymetrical Spinnaker, on a retracting,
and Spars, will be made with, used/damaged/cosmetically challenged,
Wind Surfer masts. To keep the cost(s) down. Available in Vancouver
for $10 to $15 Cdn.: trim off the damaged portion(s), spray
on some paint and away we go.
Rigging will be made with modern, hi-tech, rope, (Spectra/Dyneema,
Zylar, Kevlar, Vectran).
alternate Sail Plan would be as a Square Rigged, single masted,
Cutter/Sloop. Two (2) Square Sails, Course & Topsail; a
Gaff rigged, fore&aft Spanker; as well as the headsail(s)
Portage Mode will be as follows. Take the boat out at a public
Boat Ramp/Marina above theshoals/rapids. The DaggerBoard/Winged
Keel will be raised with the hull (upper portion of the recessed
well), sitting, balanced, on the top of the Wing.
Roller Blade wheels protruding below the bottom of the the Boat.
The transom mounted rudder will be removed, stowed in the boat:
and be replaced with a wheel assembly to give a tricyle landing
gear effect for better balance whilst being towed.
towing vehicle(s) will be “folding bicycle(s)”: purchased used,
via a Marine Consignment Store and/or Ebay. Better yet, begged,
borrowed, or stolen. Possibly a local Taxi or a Rent-a-Wreck.
project will try to find Sponsors to donate “goods and/or services”
and/or provide them at cost, so as to keep the Project Costs
to a minimum; and meet the Contest Budget constraints/rules.
Goods and/or Services that must be counted in the $5000 US Budget
will be valued at Cost, Wholesale, or lowest price(s) charged
to a “Most Favoured Customer” in the past twelve (12) months
preceeding the the Contest/Race.
significant effort will be made to recruit a national Fast Food
Chain that has a varied and healthful Menu. If discounted food
is not allowed then the Budget will show two (2) meals a day
at Mac Donalds using their Budget Menu. The food
budget will be supplemented with extensive fishing; as well
as foraging for local fruit(s) and vegatables.
non-discounted food estimate/budget: $5.00 per meal, two(2)
meals per day, ninety (90) days, equals $900.00 per person,
times two (2) persons equals, $1,800.00.
main down river mode will be muscle/calorie power from, one
(1) rower as well as, one (1) sculler. A portion of food, supplied
by Sponsor(s), at cost, will be allocated to “Caloric Fuel/Energy”,
in the accounting/spread sheets.
A pair made up of two(2) or more, sections to facilitate stowage.
Light weight and strong to reduce rower's fatigue. Will probabally
be, new, custom designed, companions to the Scull and Steel
Stern mounted, either a conventional North
American scull, (simple oar, Gunning or Bahamian/Carribbean),
or a Chinese Yuloh. The Scull(s) to fitted with the newly developed
Wrist II that takes the skill function, out of conventional
Power will come from various sources all borrowed or otherwise
scrounged so as not to apply to the $5000 US budget limit. Basic
sail(s) will be borrowed from the the Pelican Fleet(s).