This time we have the following boats:

Send a picture or three and a short description of your boat and its launch to for inclusion here next month.
Frolic 2

In June I launched my new boat, a Michalak design, the 20’ Frolic 2. In 1992 I built a Micro, which was designed by Bolger. The Micro is very stable to sail but hard to launch. With the kids grown up, I was looking for a new boat that was lighter and easier to launch. The Frolic 2 has fit the bill.

The Micro’s main sail is 119 sp. Ft. The Frolic 2 main sail is 113 sq. ft. Aha, why not use the sail I already have? As you can see from the picture, the sail works very well. I’ve enclosed a picture of the mast step. I put some lead in the bottom of the mast to help counterbalance the weight. I’ve been reading for 2 years and read an article about the bird’s mouth method of making a mast. This worked real well, however the planing and sanding took a long time.

Going back to adopting Micro’s said to the Frolic 2, it took 4 adjustments in the position of the mast before the helm was balanced. I believe it still needs a little more weather helm. I am thinking of adding the Micro’s mizzen, which is 34 sq. ft.

Some observations that may help other builders:

1. Plywood – It seems to be difficult to find marine plywood in ¼” or ½” dimensions. The company sells in metric millimeters. For ¼” I used 7mm and for ½” I used 12mm.
2. My son had leftover fiberglass cloth from a kayak project, and being a cheapskate, I cut it in 4” strips. This worked on my boat, but the edges would unravel when applying the epoxy and it made a mess. Jim Michalak points this out in his book and I should have heeded his advice.
3. I used limestone, from a garden center store, for the filler to mix with the epoxy. This worked very well.
4. My first leeboard was 2 sheets of pressure treated plywood glued together. The glue failed while I was sailing, and the board came apart. I believe the pressure treatment prevents the glue from properly doing its job. The new leeboard of 4 sheets of ¼” untreated plywood has worked fine so far.

Philip Bryan

Rødgrød med Fløde

Well, we had about the worst weather ever for the 2010 edition of our annual North Shore autumn vacation – cold, gray, rainy,  or else sunny and VERY windy. We did manage to get out once, though, for a couple of hours. The boat is an absolute delight!

Here's a photo taken dockside in the minutes after she was first floated off the trailer, with my wife, Liz, holding the lines.  This was our Wow, it floats! moment.


Gato Launched in Greece

Here are some photos of the Gato Especial having just been launched in Greece.

The first Gato Especial has hit the water in Athens, Greece.

Alex and his father have done a sensational job building the boat. They can now begin using their comfortable, yet compact, 21' catamaran to explore the Greek Islands of the Aegean Sea, do some fishing if they like and simply get outdoors on the beautiful blue waters surrounding their country.

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Chris Ostlind
Lunada Design

Pathfinder Launch

Jon Fisher of Dripping Springs, Texas launched his John Welsford designed Pathfinder at Canyon Lake on Sunday, October 17. He had been working on the boat for a little over two years. Jon said that the last month was particularly busy, what with final painting and rigging. Several of the fellows from the San Antonio/Austin came by to wish Jon a bon voyage as he sailed off for the first time. Actually, we had to motor away from the dock due to a lack of wind, but after 20 minutes, a 5-10 mph wind came up and we sailed all afternoon. Jon said he was more than satisfied with the boat and plans to sail it in the next Texas200.

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The easiest way to simply describe the PuddleCat is that it is a PDR- Catamaran. It uses the same hull shape and is also 4 foot wide. It’s first splash was in June 2010 and has turned out to be a very fine little boat. It is built from 4 sheets of ¼ plywood in stitch and glue and uses Duckworks hardware and accessories. It has a lateen rig and I have used two sizes, 36 and 75 sq. foot. It is good for two large people and you can set either on the bridgedeck between the hulls or inside the hulls.

Roger Mann Taylors, SC


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