23 April 2003.
Well, its been a learning experience (thats political
correct speak for damn hard work!). But I have a website,
I am on first name terms with the techie at the webhost help
desk, and have run the gamut of emotion from screaming and tearing
out of hair to triumph.
Designers of boats, and other
things I guess, have to learn all sorts of skills that at first
glance aren't connected to the business of design, and I am
not sure I like being a webmaster, but can at least talk to
you when I want instead of being at the mercy of someone else.
I've also been working
away at the final draft of Pathfinder. For
those who have not caught up , I am a small boat cruising enthusiast,
love the style of camp cruising that open boats can afford and
love sailing around the coast looking into inlets and creeping
up rivers to their limits. Open boat cruising is a growing
world wide movement, it will never be a major part of
the sailing scene but all the same, there are a lot more of
us than there used to be.
Pathfinder is a real
attempt at producing a serious cruising dinghy, she has
space to sleep two on a nice flat space, lots of storage
and a comfortable cockpit, room to lounge and room to
She has a swinging centreboard so you can
bump the bottom when exploring the muddy headwaters of an interesting
creek, a yawl rig which allows her to be balanced under various
combinations of sail, and is intended to be fast enough to cover
50 miles in a day of favourable weather.
I ended up with 12 sheets of drawings, 12
pages of building guide and have already sold a dozen sets of
plans. ( Those who have already started, you will receive a
fully updated set in the near future.) Go and have a look at
her in the catalogue. ( Click here)
Also have done some
more work on BOCKS, and am very pleased with the results
from the last towing model. It seems that this hullform
is quite sensitive to beam length ratio and I have just tried
version 4 with very good results, its nice out by
the lake outlet with the fishing rod and camera letting
the current do the work. Apart from racers I have not
done much tow testing but this design has really shown the benefit
of tow testing when working with a different shaped hull from
the usual. I'll have some pics in here soon so come on
Its closing in on winter
here in Kiwiland, cool clear weather for about the last
week then pouring rain today. A good time to be in the
workshop or at the drawing board. I've lots to do on both,
and also need to learn more about this website business as well.