the deck on my Pearson Ensign

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  1. seasailor55
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    Hmmm. My South Coast 21 had the outboard on the centerline, but it was basically a Typhoon on steroids with a fin keel and spade rudder, so it probably isn't a good comparison.

    The slave motor set-up sounds ingenious, but how would you do it with an inboard rudder and a tiller in the cockpit? Cables? Hydraulics? Lever arm linkage?
     
  2. PAR
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    I'd use a mechanical link, which would probable just be a length of bar stock from the quadrant to the tiller arm on the outboard. You could get fancy, with cables and pulleys, but I've found simple is usually better. I'd also consider remote controls, for throttle and shift.
     
  3. seasailor55
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    Well,

    I tried various positions for the outboard (higher, lower, centerline, offset) before committing and drilling holes, and decided that Mr. Alberg probably had a reason for the slightly off-center location. With the drop down bracket, it's easy to handle both raised and lowered and doesn't tangle with the backstay.

    I used a laser level to mark and scribe the waterline, then masked it and applied 2 coats of cobalt blue polyurethane with a foam roller. Once it hardened, I masked it off and applied 2 coats of medium blue antifouling bottom paint. I then installed teak eyebrows on the cabin sides. I have attached some photos.
     

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    Looks good big guy, way to go.
     
  5. seasailor55
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    Cape Dory 22 - Finished!

    Cape Dory 22 # 168. Two year restoration finished.
    We named her ADVENTURER in honor of the Venture Crew that raised the funds for restoration.

    We've applied seven coats of Honey Teak polyurethane on the brightwork.

    She now sits at the Lake Charles Yacht Club waiting to launch, which should happen this weekend, weather and tide permitting.

    Can't wait to sail her!
     

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    I am jealous. Always loved those stable boats. Loved sailing them when the wind was up...thank-you.
     
  7. seasailor55
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    Well,

    After two years and many hours of work Cape Dory 22 # 161 restoration is finished and the boat is launched!!!!!

    She's a bit tender at first, then stiffens up and goes at it. A bit more weather helm than I'd like, but I've heard that some Cape Dory boats are that way in a breeze. May need a bigger headsail or a reef in the main.

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    alan white Senior Member

    Beautiful. Love it. Alan
     
  9. El_Guero

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    3 years on, you are crowding 17.

    How did the project end up?

    Wayne
     
  10. PAR
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    These were known to be a bit tender initially, but do firm up after a bit. In fact, it takes quite a bit to blow them over to an uncomfortable angle, once they settle into their groove. The helm will progressively pick up "pressure" with wind strength increases, but this is typical of the hull and rudder configuration. A better shaped rudder would reduce this amount. Depending on the level of rudder modification, you can reduce it a little, or make it nearly neutral.

    Wayne, LeRi222 hasn't posted on this forum in 3 1/2 years.
     
  11. El_Guero

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    Did he ever get his project finished?

    Sounded like a good kid ready to have fun.
     
  12. PAR
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    I'm sure his attention span is much like everyone else at that age and he's now discovered girls, so we'll not hear from him for a decade or so.
     
  13. El_Guero

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    hahahaha.
     
  14. seasailor55
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    Thanks, Alan

    High praise, coming from folks like you. The guys at the local yacht club were very complimentary. The harbormaster recognized her as a Cape Dory the first time he saw her and said he was glad "somebody has some class".

    Now back to the Ensign and the PY23, but first I'm going to enjoy the fruits of all that labor for a while and just sail this thing!!!!
     

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    I wondered about the shape of the rudder. It's quadrilateral shape led me to believe it would bite really well and minimize weather helm, but apparently not so. I did notice that the more the boat heeled the worse it got, to the point that to maintain a course I had the tiller almost hard up, which can't be good for performance. When I let go of the tiller the boat immediately rounds up like a centerboard dinghy. I guess I expected better tracking from a full keel boat. Maybe I'm spending too much time on the Hobie 16?

    What would a "better shaped rudder" look like, in your opinion? Eliptical, as in an Ensign rudder, or something else?
     
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