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About steveo

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    NY/NJ/ Maine
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    Dinghy's mostly. Traditional old wood boats and fishing too
  1. Looks more like a whale...
  2. I have a little scow nosed Skimmar dinghy similar to what you posted. I got it for free and built a dagger board and lifting rudder then cut down some old sails to fit the rig that came with it. My experience is the same as craigiri the little thing is very unstable and I'm a sailing dinghy racing guy. These boats are too small. I think the manufacturers just wanted to give sail/oar/power options for their listings and didnt really care about performance.
  3. Good luck with the repair. You have lots of knowledge right here. Keep us posted with photo's of your progress. I have an old laser too and I'm considering doing the repair proactively.
  4. Someone here wants it...... Not me. I already have one of those piece of garbage Skimmar boats. It came free as a tender with a larger boat I bought. It has more gelcoat cracks then anything I've ever seen (I think they put the gelcoat on too thick there must be a half inch of the stuff) It came with mast and boom but no sail, rudder, or center board. I built the rudder and CB out of plywood. Then I started researching sails. A new sail costs more than this thing can ever be worth. So I cut up an old sail to make my own. Repainted the hull. Re- varnished the oars. Replaced the
  5. Thanks Irrational I can see this working. Only problems will be trying to keep boat stable in the chop while I try to install mast and I cant launch with rudder attached ... VWAP- I see that bridle available on Amazon. Looks like it may release once the boat is floating so I can launch with rudder attached, just not sure of the mast. Gouvernail- thanks for the link to the other site. There was some info there but nothing definitive. My season is done for now anyway (last sail was Sunday in cold but awesome conditions- I was the only boat on the water) I will play around with
  6. It may be more like 5ft at high tide! I built a davit (from a 4x4 and an old wood spinnaker pole) which I use to launch a small tender and I'm hoping to either use that for the laser or to upgrade to one with an electric winch. I have a ladder to get down to the boat.
  7. Gouvernail thanks for the advice I wouldn't have thought of that. Its a good idea as it will support the weight of the boat nicely. Any thoughts as to mast in or mast out? VWAP I dont know what other site you mean (I guess its bad protocol to mention the competition by name here?)
  8. So the beach I usually launch from has eroded to the point that I cant use my launching dolly. My other option is to launch with a hoist from the bulkhead its about an eight foot drop to the water. Does anyone have recommendations to help me out? I figure I can make up a lifting bridle by attaching to mainsheet block and traveler fairleads. (What do other do?) Can I hoist with mast in place or do I have to thread the needle of trying to put the mast into the boat while it bobs away alongside the bulkhead?
  9. I've sailed Sonnets. They are great boats in strong breeze. Playing the sheet off the boom is not really done and will only work in light stuff. The cleat you've put on the boom may seem convenient but it's going to take your head off if you catch it on a gybe. As Tink said get a ratchet block I would change out the fairlead on the Center board case for a swiveling ratchet block and double up on the bridle end for extra purchase. Fold the tiller backward while tacking.
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