My First Small Sailboat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Dustymick64, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Dustymick64
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    Dustymick64 New Member

    Hello! Um, first off let me say that I have built 5 very small boats so far which have turned out very well.:) I now would like to build my first sailboat. I have searched thru many websites for plans and at this time I have my eye on Phil Bolgers "Micro". Looks like a fun boat. Not to hard to build I would think. Any die-hard sailors out there who could give me a few pointers about this design? Anybody ever build one? It's ugly yet it kinda grows on ya. Looks like a neat beach cruiser. Any comments? Clues????
     
  2. sharpii2
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    sharpii2 Senior Member

    Nice boat. But it has a shallow keel. I would think that would compromise its beachabillity somewhat.

    Bob
     
  3. Dustymick64
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    Dustymick64 New Member

    I don't know. I built a PK-78 some time ago (Yeah it's only 8 feet long) but it had a lot of rocker to it and a very large skeg. Didn't effect my being able to run up on the beach. Seems that this boat has a flat bottom, so to my humble way of thinking, the largest amount of the weight would be on it. I have just talked with a nice fella who has one (Micro) and he said it sneaks up on the beach rather nicely. Didn't get a chance to ask how it sails... Maybe next time...
     

  4. peterAustralia
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    peterAustralia Senior Member

    in regards to the Micro I have heard upwind perfromance is not so good.

    A fellow that built one said to myself that his boat would not go to weather in a chop so he rebuilt it with a fin keel. Thus a leeboard/centerboad/daggerboard option may give beter results and assist in beaching.

    n peter evans
     
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