most fun you can have without getting wet.
took 36 hours to travel from home in Rotorua to the tiny coastal
town of Brooklin, Maine ( USA) where WoodenBoat magazine has
its amazing office. I don’t sleep at all well on an
aircraft and so was not in good shape by the time Publisher
Carl Cramer dropped me off at my accommodation, I was completely
on my own there as the summer visitors are rare that far north
in January but was pleased for the peaceful spacious lodge
after the horrors of being trapped in aircraft and transit
lounges for that long. 3am though I awoke and could not sleep,
my “clock” was telling me I should be up and about
even though my body still felt awful, so there I was roaming
around looking at the wonderful Spruce clad rocky shore and
the sea gleaming like molten metal in the perfectly still
So I went for a swim !
“cold” now has a new meaning for me. I knew that
it would be cool but the WoodenBoat crew now view New Zealanders
with a mixture of awe and fear, and I, having swum in the
waters of Eggemoggin Reach have designed a boat suitable for
winter sailing in those waters.
“Truant”, designed for those who want to play hookey, is a
very capable daysailer, with enough performance to be fun,
small enough to go onto a garden trailer rather than a custom
boat trailer, big enough to take a couple of less limber adults
camping or picnic gear or a small mob of teenagers away for
a small adventure. She is so designed that she will be comfortable
to sail, dry in most weather, capable beyond almost anything
else of her size and almost impossible to capsize. Her wide
beam and smallish centreboard cause her to slide off sideways
rather than tip out, her
generous freeboard and wide decks help keep the water outside
where it belongs and she has so much enclosed locker and air
tank space inside that should the unimaginable happen there
is enough buoyancy to float her crew completely clear of the
water when fully swamped.
Built from Plywood and Marine Supplies sheet plywood
and fastened with Sikaflex flexible adhesive/sealant (Thanks
Gordon) the prototype is going together well, we’ve
cut the transom down to take a small outboard so her owner
can take her fishing, have today poured the lead into the
centreboard and will be painting her outside tomorrow. Lake
Rotomahana has really neat little coves, so tiny that a launch
would not squeeze in, and Jan already has tried fitting our
pile of camping gear in the big space under the foredeck so
I’d better quit the computer and get on with the job!
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