|Skiff with Current rig.|
I have 2 possibilities, I believe, for remedy. 1) build a trunk and dagger board and install it 2) add a mizzen sail.
The daggerboard option is pretty obvious, but there are drawbacks to it. First is that the keel on the boat is only 1-1/2 inches wide so the trunk would have to be constructed in a way to compensate for the loss of keel structure. I have an idea how this could be done, but it does mean cutting a hole in the bottom of the skiff. It also means loosing the space that right now is pretty comfortable, and this boat has minimal beam so loosing any space is not the most wonderful thing.
The idea for adding a mizzen is that not only would it shift the center of effort aft, where there is more underbody, but it would add sail area, that was lost, but down low, where it wouldn't cause as much heal in a skinny boat. I also think that a mizzen might make the boat capable of steering herself, or at least using the trim of the mizzen to balance her out. On the negative side the mizzen would be one more spar to deal with, two actually counting the boom or yard and it would mean retrofitting a mast step in the after deck. It would do nothing to improve the resistance to leeway for the underbody, but I think I might be able to gain back the ability to sail just to windward.
|mocked up ketch rig w/jib|
The mizzen mast would make a cockpit tent rig very easy, just a line between the masts and a tarp. Sailing with jib and mizzen only might be an interesting option too.
This boat is really too skinning to be a good choice for sailing. But, it is what I have right now. I can still row it and sail it while building the mizzen and sewing the sail. I would really like a beamier boat for sailing but I would like to enjoy not having so many boats for a while. I think that this winter I may take on building a real sailing boat in the under 15 foot range. For now I will just try this and see how it goes.
It is all just messing about.