Friday, May 24, 2013

Sea Trials

I took the boat with the bamboo outrigger to the lake yesterday... as I got closer to the lake the sky got darker. I got there about 15 minutes before the rain... got the boat rigged and waited for the rain to pass. When it stopped there was not much wind but I did get a few puffs to see how the rig responded. One thing is for sure... it needs a full time lee board.  More rudder area would be a big plus as well.
I had a Hobie kayak sail on it and this boat is set up to tack. This boat has always been a little hard to turn and with the outrigger on it.... its even more so.  I got enough wind to see that it want take much to lift the outrigger out of the water. It is still fairly light in its unfinished state with no permanent attachment. It was held on by bungee cords. You could paddle very hard without worry of capsize given the added stability of the outrigger. The outrigger did not seem to have much drag once paddling. If it had not been for the bungees around the hull holding it on it would have been very quiet too. I was going to take some pics but I was still getting rained on a little and my cell phone was so wet it couldn't sense me touching the go button.

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