Saturday, 4 July 2009

Bits & Pieces

Just a few photos of details on the boat that might be of interest.
The trials went very well and we learnt a lot despite the trying wind conditions with frequent calms, complete changes of wind direction and speed. We measured gusts of up to 20 knots (apparent wind) and managed speeds of up to 7.6 knots.
We came to the conclusion that we needed to investigate changes to the sprit boom system (constant snagging of jib sheets), yet more alterations to the trailer (to make launch and retrieval easier) and finally to look at a tabernacle system for the mast (to cut down on rigging time and reduce the dangers of trying to step the mast in anything other than a dead calm!). Apart from that it was a roaring success and worth all the effort. It is a really beautiful boat, both to look at and to sail. We were surprised at how easy it was to row too, so it will be useful as a 'Raid' boat.


Perry Burton said...

What can I say.... I'm envious.
Your boat looks fantastic Alan! I can imagine the work that had to go into it, to finish the boat to this level of quality. Amazing!

Congrats on the launch


Alan C said...

Thanks Perry. That's a real compliment coming from you. Paul & I feel very much the same about the build quality of your boat too. We look forward to hearing about / seeing your launch soon.

Murray said...

Beautiful work! I wish you many hours of enjoyment for the labours you put in building Idle Fiddler.