So DinkyDink Done
AstoriaDave (his handle on Woodenboats) contacted me about building
a slightly enlarged version of DinkyDink
because he wanted to be able to use it with two adults and needed
more carrying capacity. I scaled it for him and did up the offsets
for the panels. Dave decided he wanted to try his hand at lofting
so he did a scale model of the boat and took offsets off of the
model then lofted the boat full sized. He also decided to build
it ply on frame rather than Stitch & Glue...and further decided
to make it a nester. This pretty much tripled the work needed
but he did an excellent job with all of it and the results speak
for themselves. Here is a rather complete photo build of the boat
from model to finish:
Update (Sort of)
When I realized the Pathfinder wasn't going to be done soon
enough for us to enjoy this spring, I decided that we needed a
quickly built canoe to play with on our camping trips.... I built
a Michael Storer Quick Canoe 155 over the last few weeks and took
it camping last weekend.
A little crazy to build something in the middle of another build,
but the satisfaction of going through the whole building cycle
so quickly is refreshing in the middle of such a large project.
I'm attaching a few pictures for you. And, don't worry about the
pathfinder, I have built a birdsmouth mizzen mast that exceeded
my expectations (which were low), glued down the bunk flats, started
on other spars, etc, so it will come along in time.
We took my little cartop catamaran Slipper out for her first
sail Thursday. We had a good time, and answered a couple of questions.
Slipper is a small boat compared to Slider, but huge compared
to most cartop boats. (Disclaimer: I took Slipper down to the
ramp on a trailer.)
The barndoor rudders worked great-- very responsive, and the
helm was quite light. She went to windward fairly well, but tacking
took more care than I'd hoped. I have an idea for curing the problem.
I just launched my "Baby Laguna", a Michalak Mayfly
14 with one of Andrews great sails, Thanks again, heres a pic.
With the help of Gary Blankenship she took her shakedown on March
27 at Lake Hall in Tallahasse, FL. She was officially launched
and named "Woosah" the following weekend at beautiful
Port St. Joe, FL state park. Woosah carries the Andrew Linn 76
sq ft lug that served he and Mike Monies so well in this years
EC. She is stable, responsive and pretty quick for a 14 foot flattie.
Thanks for all the great hardware, she carries the duck sticker
on her transom proudly!
Grand Ridge, FL
Here is this years PDR for the TX 200. I call it COASTAL BENDER.
Get it get it. We are sailing the coastal bend and having a sailing
bender at the same time. WOW super witty. Just kidding here is
the pic. It was launched last weekend at Canyon Lake.
Here are pictures of the Christening and launch of my Sherpa.
The comments that I would have is that the Sherpa is "much"
more stable than I anticipated,,,,, quick to respond to helm......
and with the light winds I had at the moment seems to point quite
She is also easy to row.
I converted the "daggerboard" to a "swing keel"
and really glad I did so,,,,, I bumped a couple of stumps on the
way up the lake and the bungee "hold-down" just let
the keel "kick-up", pop back down and kept on going......
no damage, and no delay,,, same with the kick-up rudder..... worked