sierra 26 at Shilshole
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:38 AM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:42 AM
Brad and Paul are around all the time before every race. They own two of them.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:56 AM
Seriously stupid fast boats.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:13 AM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:28 AM
Sick little boats and so far, PHRF killers (great sailors help that though too)
DOS pictured below on Toiva Shoals
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:48 AM
I don't think you are talking about the Sierra 26 Dos. no canter, no daggerboard, and the rudder stays with the hull.
Aybody know anything about the Sierra 26 parked in dry storage at Shilshole? It is an absolute jewel, and I would really like to get a ride on it one day. Canting keel, single daggerboard, all carbon. Am particularly interested in the rudder set up. It is an under the hull rudder, but seems to fit in a trapezoidal well. Did not see the rudder itself laying around, so have no idea how it works. What's it rate, and will the owner be racing it?
Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:07 AM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:59 AM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:09 PM
They only built two, molds were destroyed. Both are aluminum honeycomb skinned in carbon, one has deck stepped rig because former owner thought it would be easier to sail.Uno deckstep has assy kites, Dos has keel step and sym kites. It is true they are fast and fun to sail. Betts the builder website is jbeinc.com Anacortes is happy to claim him. Actually lives in Friday Harbor.Very hard to catch a ride on because da Black n Blue Race Team is nothing if not loyal....Swimming skills helpful
NTIM but I'm pretty sure they were built in North Lake Tahoe.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:04 PM
Yes-- Here is what I found so far:
"More info on Sailboat #55 - 2.17.07
With a lack of fanfare, Dennis Clark launched this 18 foot home built boat in January of 2007. Since then he has been testing it on the waters of Puget Sound near Gig Harbor. Of course this boat is hardly typical of a home built boat. With many molded fiberglass parts, a modern rig with assymetrical spinnaker, and a canting keel, this isn't a slightly modified Thistle or C-Lark. Fortunately, Dennis was nice enough to chat about his boat after a day of testing on a brisk February day.
My first question was 'Why?'. Dennis wanted a boat that could be single or double handed in a wide wind range. To this end he needed a relatively light boat with substantial sail area. The canting keel allows the boat to carry lots of canvas without requiring lots of human weight on the rail. Dennis contacted Andy Vance to design the rig and hull. Dennis also talked about the concept and design to his friends, family, and neighbors. And he listed to what many of them had to say. By the time the boat was finished he had incorporated ideas from many different individuals.
Dennis built the hull by hand. It is a cedar strip core covered with fiberglass and epoxy. Carbon fiber was also added in high stress areas. A mold was created for the deck which is also fiberglass but with a balsa core. This hull is narrow compared to most modern boats. Just 36 inches of beam at the waterline. The boat is self bailing with bailers positioned on the sides of the hull to evacuate any water scooped into the cockpit.
The canting keel is the star of this show. With a maximum 50 degrees of cant, it is able to get the 98 kilogram bulb way out there. The keel currently uses a 10:1 block and tackle purchase system. A canard handles lateral forces. The canard is removed like a daggerboard for trailering. The rudder is not transom hung on this 18 footer but is 'cassette style'. This design was chosen to allow removal for trailering.
The rig is designed to be built from a shortened star mast. Both lower and upper stays are swept. Despite it's Star heritage, the mast does not utilize any backstays. The top of the mast is aproximately 24 feet of the water. The boom is a modified Laser spar. Dennis did not know the exact area of the asymetrical spinnaker but it is not insignificant.
With just a couple months of sailing under it's keel, Dennis seems happy with his toy. He reports that the boat is quite responsive to the canting keel. And it has a neutral helm even while heeling.
After discussing the boat I changed the subject. I was curious if Dennis planned to get back into the boat business. He wasn't sure. His first goal was to work out the bugs in this boat. He wants to sail it in various conditions, get more feedback, and see what needs improvement. He also offered to take me sailing. Sounds like this article might have a 'Part 2'. Stay tuned.
Sailboat #55 Specifications
Hull LOD 5496mm / 18'
hull weight minus keel aproximately 133 kg / 292lb.
beam 1371 mm / 4.5'
waterline beam 914 mm / 35.9"
Keel-keel bulb 98 kg / 215.6lb
keel strut, bulb, and pivot aproximately 133 kg/
draft-1676 mm/ 5.5'
maximum keel cant 50 degrees
mainsail area 10 square meters-107.6 sq.ft
jib area- 6 square meters-64.56 sq.ft.
sprit length 550 mm / 21.6"
Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:32 PM
For a minute there I thought somebody had converted a Sierra to a canting keel - now THAT would be seriously slick.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:47 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:35 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:46 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:50 PM
"there are 3 or 4 threads about this boat"
The boat in th 2007thread is Dennis Clark's 18 foot version. The pix of the boat on the hard are Andy Vance's 22 foot version. Check out the construction pix. Love the casette rudder. Makes the Melges 32 approach look retarded.
3_OC7.JPG 43.88K 72 downloads Boat weighs 900 lbs.
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