Today the weather was even better and I wanted to fix the rudder rig and test it out. I have been under the belief that steering with the oars works very well and makes for one less bit of gear in the boat to have to control and store and carry, but, I had built this rudder and wanted to try it out. The rudder is made our of cedar (formerly somebodies decking material for their house) and has positive buoyancy. The tiller, or rather, the steering stick is yellow pine and works by pulling fore and aft.
Though it does add a complication to the rig, it does work nicely. I was concerned that the rudder might not have enough wet surface area to provide steerage but at least in moderate winds, it's just fine. The steering stick could be a bit longer, maybe a foot or foot and a half, and I need to replace the toggle that locks the rudder pintles into the gudgeons, I just tied them together today.
Power sailing for this boat is rowing with the sail up, and it works great. The transition from rowing to just sailing is quick and easy, just pull in the oars, don't even need to pull them out of their oarlocks. Steering from the rowing position is easy with the tiller and main sheet easily within reach.
|sailing rig ready to go in a matter of minutes, 2 minutes at the most.|
|Dagger board trunk being built|
|Dagger board in use. A bungee cord allows for adjusting to any amount of board depth.|
|An Ocean going canoe catamaran at the local marina. Really amazing and beautiful.|
Waiting out Hurricane Matthew by going on perfect daysails here and knowing that people down south are dying a losing their homes, land, is kind of strange. I guess somewhere in the world something really hard is always happening while something wonderful is also going on.