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  1. Thanks for the input. Yeah, I know, so many possible ways to do this, and having a suitable sewing machine and a decent little machine shop, very few obstacles. But I didn't want to do all the engineering, which includes all the first (second third) time failures. I was just curious to know if any other dinghies were so rigged, and if they were, how they were rigged. Frankly, I haven't found anything I really like. So the current plan is DIY mast hoops, as I can't find any premade the right inner diameter. Sheave at the top of the mast, possibly free to swivel, although
  2. Sadly, yes and no. The leeward side of the dock is available and would solve the problem. However, my neighbour on that side is a resort with a marina and a huge dock facility RIGHT on the property line (and perhaps even a bit on my side) extending far out past my dock. While there is some question as to the legality of his dock positionally, it would take a surveyor to determine this, and that's really not an option, considering the terrain (steep cliffs, etc.) What's not in question is that the fact that his docks interferes with my right, and ability, to navigate safely.
  3. Heresy! You should be ashamed of yourself for saying such things! IMHO, modifying a boat is one of the single best reasons for buying a boat. I remember reading a quote from a naval architect, Robert Perry, maybe, that went like this. "If life should so conspire that I could do only one thing, sail a boat or work on a boat, I think would choose to work." I feel the same way. Just as my wife has insisted on painting every place we've ever moved to, whether required or not, just to "make it hers", so I've tweaked every boat I've ever owned. (Translation: Tweak. to heav
  4. Thanks for this! Furling by rolling is a great idea, except I may have outsmarted myself. After buying the dinghy, I went about restoring it a wee bit. This included beefing up the bow, where the mast resides, with a few extra layers of fiberglass. I also installed a new sleeve for the mast that's a very nice fit, not wanting the mast to flop around in the hole. Sadly, it's too nice a fit; it takes real effort to install the mast, and once in place, it's not going to rotate. Plus, the sail has battens, and installing "out there" for me surely means that battens will also become a re
  5. Banshee and Zuma, will do. Thanks! I'm fine with modifying my sail. I actually sewed the sails on my 28. And no problem adding a halyard, sheeves, etc.; fully expected to have to do it. I'd love to be able to sail in and sail out my slip, but new dock, new boat and new area .. I'm not sure I'll be doing that right off the back. I did have occasion to sail my 28 into her slip once. Engine overheated, so turned around and sailed back. The Coast Guard got very interested, as I was sailing in an inner harbour (False Creek in Vancouver). There's no rule against it, but it's
  6. Thanks for the thought, but this really isn't an option. The issue is that my dock is Tee shaped, so I have to get the dinghy about 10 feet sideways to get around the top of the Tee. And at low tide, I only have a few feet to deal with before hitting rocks. It really does call for a row it away and row it back solution.
  7. Short version: Do people ever hoist their mainsail on a sailing dinghy, as you would on a "big" boat? If so, how? Long version: I have a 28' sloop that I just love, but it's sometimes overkill to head out for just an hour or two. So I bought myself a small rowing dinghy a year or so ago. Today I went sailing in the dinghy for the first time (first time in ANY dinghy, not just my dinghy) and I LOVED it. I bet the grin lasts for weeks. Quite different from sailing the big boat, but by the end of the day, I was flying along. Now, today was maybe not the best day to go
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