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    Radio controlled sailing

    There is no cut. The bow is a foam plug sanded with a glass skin laminated on top. It was sanded and faired before filling and sanding again with epoxy and car filler. Then it was all painted over.
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    Radio controlled sailing

    I plan to reduce mast rake and am putting a bigger jib on the boat. The factory version needs a lot of mast rake to balance without lee helm in light conditions.
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    Radio controlled sailing

    It was sanded initially, then sprayed in four coats. I'll be doing a final sand to get rid of the small bit of roughness remaining.
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    Radio controlled sailing

    Now that I've finally finished my dissertation and final exams I've had some time to work on my model boats. I've been refitting my Northwind 36-600 with a new bow and just repainted the hull bottom. I think she is starting to look good.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    That is probably what happened. The rudder does flex a bit under load, with the plates it flexes a lot less.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I rowed the 8 in a dead calm. I can imagine in wind it would be difficult to track, it is a little skittish feeling. In the light stuff I could easily get to hull speed though, and it tracked easily. The pudgy rows well through waves and chop and tracks well but takes a little more effort to get moving because it's almost twice as heavy. I wouldn't expect it to row as well as the 10. When I sailed against the WB 10 it seemed to have a tendency to sail bow down in heavy wind. The other sailor seemed to struggle to control it when it gusted over 15. I usually reef at 20 and will sail in wind up 30 knots in. After that it feels like I'm straining the boat for no good reason, and it's usually more pleasant to have a beer on the mother ship when it's that windy anyways. One thing I'd be interested to see how the boats fared under against each other under power.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    To clarify I sailed against the WB 10 but rowed the 8. The 10 is faster than me in light wind but not in heavy air.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I broke the pintles a few times, then the company came up with a new, stronger design. Then I snapped the plastic rudder blade between the pintles, so Portland Pudgy sent me a custom rudder with solid 4mm alloy plates bolted to either side. This version has not failed for several years now. You can see the plates added in this cropped picture.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I've seen my name, and decided to show up now that I'm no longer mired in dissertation work. IMHO anything can go fast (at least for a moment) under the right conditions. I've had the Pudgy at 11.4 knots with the engine. Also, with all due respect to previous posters, I'm going to point out a few things. Firstly, the Portland Pudgy is an unusual boat, with a very specific design brief. While I don't claim it is an excellent tender for a family (it's too small for that, at 10 feet it would be much more suitable), it is a good boat for up to three people. It is reliable, it won't puncture or deflate, it lasts longer than hypalon, it is self bailing, impact resistant, tows better than an inflatable and has inbuilt foam buoyancy. While it will never power as well as a rib, it sure rows a hell of a lot better when the engine inevitably dies, and it can also sail. IMHO, it also has a lot more character than an inflatable and is less ugly. I make these comparisons because I have direct experience using both kinds of boat. If you don't have this experience any comparison you make will not be as meaningful. As for boarding and fendering, the company makes one product that solves both of those problems, and straps conveniently into the boat. Compared to a walker bay (which I have gotten a chance to row on and a few chances to sail against) it sails better in heavy wind and is more stable. It does not row as well, but feels a lot stronger and more reassuring than the Walker Bay which came off as a little flimsy when I tried it. This being said, I should also point out some of the boat's weak spots. In my opinion, while everything has been well thought out on the boat, some of the components have not stood up well to my destructive testing, such as the rudder and the mast. The manufacturer was very good about replacing these parts when they broke. The Pudgy is also wet motoring upwind into a chop, especially when heavily loaded. Under sail she is dryer, but does not sail well to weather. This is one reason I think a larger version would be better for multiple people. I have no problem with the weight, but I'm 6'4" and 185 lbs, so for smaller people I can see how a 128 lb. boat would be hard to drag up a beach or flip over. Price is another disadvantage, as a walker bay will do a similar job for a lot less.
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    I have a question for those with boom furling

    Thanks for all the replies. I should clarify that the boat is a GRP production type and I thus do NOT want to use carbon for cost reasons. I will be going for an alloy boom system. Right now I've guessed 100 kg, but I have no real basis to back that number up.
  11. Hello All, I am involved in a design project for my final year dissertation and have had a difficult time getting weight figures for a furling boom system from manufacturers due to the custom nature of that kind of system. The boat is a 47 foot cruising sled targeted at live-aboard cruisers. I am hoping to collect some information from those who have any kind of boom furling system installed to fill in the blanks. If you use boom furling, would you be able to answer the following? 1. What system do you have installed? 2. How much does it weigh? 3. What is the model of boat it is installed on? Thanks in advance.
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    Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor

    I shut the gas tap as well, but have had the carburetor issue since it was new. Maybe the fuel in the jerrycans is a little dirty. I always thought it was the 50:1 oil ratio that made it dirty.
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    Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor

    I have experience using the Tohatsu 3.5 hp (2 stroke model) on my Portland Pudgy. It is a little unreliable because the carbeurator gets dirty quickly and blocks off the fuel to the engine. Cleaning that frequently (once a month) solves that problem, but is annoying. The build quality is also not the best. Parts of the engine have started to rust after one year of intermittent use. I've found the prop cavitates sometimes when turning or going into big chop. I suspect on a sailboat with a tall transom it will race a lot. It does start easily though, is really light and does not use much fuel. It's small enough to throw in the bow of the boat when I'm sailing. I've also used it to tow a 20 foot daysailor with no problem.
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    New Hinckley 53

    The Buizen boat is interesting. More handsome than the Hinckley, and SA/D is actually 19. It looks like it sails well in the pics. Interesting they put 190hp in an 18 tonne boat. I bet it motors 9+ knots.
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    Block Island Anchoring In Questoin

    Block island is a thick mud bottom. No grass there. I feel it is a shame they are commercializing a harbor I grew up visiting and anchoring in over the summer. I suspect it will be very different by the time I visit again.