Is that the Alligator River? Looks just like a place we went exploring a couple of years ago.I pulled my thwart and moved my hiking strap and mainsheet block forward to rear of dagger trunk, much better upwind with weight forward. Added a mainsheet bridle aft for end boom sheeting and dropped it to 2:1 . The end boom leverage vs mid boom makes up for the loss of the 3:1
I do miss the thwart in light air
Ware River YCIs that the Alligator River? Looks just like a place we went exploring a couple of years ago.
Hatch suggestion: since you can't use it underway, just take it out and replace with a lighter watertight fiberglass panel. If you wanted to get fancy you could make it sit on a lip with latches, but I'd just put in 6 or maybe 8 screws and leave it.
I really like this rig and wish I could find one.
I've had a number of sails over the years. Currently I have something pretty neat: Ullman in CLE built me a mainsail out of .6 poly big boat spinnaker cloth.
Because the sail stays on the mast year round and is never handled, it tends to stay in great shape. The spin cloth sail is ultra light weight & smooth, no worries about stretch because by the time it was overpowered, I would reef down anyway, since its a body-swung, non-trap boat & the loads are light, and between the carbon mast & weightless sail, the righting moment is increased handily. I did have a much bigger, heavier square-top but it turns out smaller sail area in bigger winds is faster so I'm back to a pinhead.
Check this video of effortless planing on Erie Bay. Did I mention that I love this boat?
@bluelaser2- did you also put a square top on yours? I’d be interested in the sail dimensions on that.