Stop the Presses! to June 2003
After the decision was made to modify the Mixer design to
include a daggerboard trunk instead of the original leeboard, I
had to get to work to decide how to do it. I didn't want to put
it in the center because it would destroy the open cockpit as
well as hamper the rowing capability (where would I put the
rowing seat?). So I took some of my inspiration* from Bolger's Windsprint
which has a trunk attached to the inside of the side panel. I
thought if I placed the trunk on the bottom chine, it would not
interfere too much with the open cockpit. It was a similar
concept to Egia's off-centerboard. Since I may want to sleep
aboard, I laid down in the cockpit just to make sure it was okay.
As for the daggerboard, I decided to use the spare plug I made
instead of the leeboard. That gave me the dimensions of the trunk.
So I began.
The hardest part of this endeavor was getting the trunk
parallel to the centerline. It's close, but not exactly parallel.
Next hardest was getting the trunk perpendicular to the bottom.
It's close, but not exactly plumb. But it will do. Besides, the
whole boat isn't perfect, why should I be starting now?
Here's a view of the trunk "box", showing the top just
fiberglassed with 10 oz. cloth I had left over from Egia.
I won't put any fiberglass anywhere else, just coat it
liberally with epoxy. The hole is for a Beckson
inspection port so I can close it up and keep it
watertight. It'll be a nice place to put a bottle of
water, lunch, or whatever.
Emerging from the graving dock! Fully painted and ready for a trial of all the rigging gear.
Up to this point I don't even know if the mast will fit in the partners.
Outside. Here's a good shot of quite a few things. The rudder is all assembled with
oversized pintles and gudgeons, the hatches have weather stripping and straps in place.
The daggerboard "box" looks a little more like part of the boat. And yes, the hiking stick
is really long. The better to steer from everywhere, my dear.
Here we are fully rigged. The mast does fit! The bench
seat is also in place. I'm glad I went through this exercise in my side yard instead of at a
dock, because there's a few things I discovered. The original plan I had for attaching the
halyard to the upper spar didn't work so I had to redo that.
The spars rub against the mast
and damage the varnish (I figured the varnish would be more resilient). So I'll have to
put leathers on the booms to prevent that. The main sheet is the perfect length, but I had
reversed the blocks on the traveller and the boom so those need to be switched. And hoisting the
sail a few times taught me the dangers of the upper spar swinging around until it is raised up
all the way. And yes, you don't need to remind me that the hiking stick is trapped beneath the traveller
and will be useless if rigged this way.
And here is it in all its glory.
Next stop, the water! When that happens, I will need to mark the oars for where
the "leathers" go. I say "leathers" because the kind I bought aren't leather, more like a hard rubber material.
Can you say "cheapskate?" I knew you could.
* Now we all know that there is no
such thing as a completely original idea, there's only adaptation
of existing ideas into something slightly different. This doesn't
only apply to boat design, but also music, art, merchandizing...