From: "Small Craft Advisor"
To: "John Welsford"
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 5:29 PM
Subject: SCAMP Report
Pleased to report SCAMP not only floats, but she sails like a dream. We launched today around 15:00 and SCAMP floated free of her temporary trailer and immediately found a balanced trim. She sat high in the water with no ballast, gear or crew aboard. Two of us climbed aboard with SCAMP tugging at her painter.
Winds were very light so we decided to go sans ballast and with all 100 sq ft showing. After a few strokes with the oars (she rows surprisingly well-even with two aboard) we set the balanced lug and were off. As expected the rig was a fantastic and so simple to keep happy. A little downhaul adjustment here and there would clear up any wrinkles quickly.
We were also pleased with a few of the extra lines we rigged (a topping lift/lazy jack and some others)-the result being a sail that can be raised and lowered with the sail and both spars captured at both ends and off the decks. Very smooth.
The ergonomics aboard the little yacht are truly remarkable. Lots of room in the cockpit, but everything falls easily to hand. Seating is comfortable, and two people don't bang knees like they would on a lot of bigger boats. The "veranda" served its purposes well. As the sun was dropping and it started to cool off, I slid forward with my legs under and body against the veranda and I felt totally out of the wind but still right in the action. When I opened the stowage cabin locker to bring out some of my electronics, I didn't even have to think about them being exposed to the elements.
Under sail she seemed to point well but we didn't try for any measurements. Will take a closer look when we get some wind. Wind was right off the beach and we were able to sail all the way back even in the light air. If our quick assumption was accurate, SCAMP's lug is on its "compromised" side, with the sail pushing into the mast, on the same tack where the board is on what would be its "best" side. There seemed to be only a minor difference on tacks, and the "good" sail shape tack seemed to be a bit faster.
One of the most heard comments was how she looked like a much bigger boat out there. And she felt bigger too. It's only when we both intentionally sat to leeward that I remembered this isn't a 1,000 pound boat, it's a 350 pound boat. And I think filling the 175 pounds of water ballast will have her feeling like an icebreaker. You might be able to see from the photos that she rode a little high today without gear or ballast-as she should have. The blue bottom paint comes up two inches over her theoretical loaded waterline I'm told.
We're looking forward to some better wind and a chance to fill the tank. We'd planned to do it anyway today but ran out of time having fun out there.
Thanks again for your great work.