|Posted by Terry Smith on January 14, 2019 at 9:30 PM|
We had some pretty good turnouts over the festive season. There was no formal racing and everything was Rafferty's Rules. A lot of barging went on at the marks but it was all taken in good humour.
One of my highlights over this period was a day spent sailing Roy Shelton's Wee Nip. This is not a real hard boat to rig. To set up you:
stick the mast into its' hole in the deck, and
attach the main (only) sheet to the boom via a cleat to set your close hauled position.
Depending on the weather conditions you might adjust the foot tension via another cleat.
I believe that it could benefit from a another adjustment - a line to give downhaul on the clew to adjust the leach shape.
Nevertheless, it is a fun boat to sail, quite sparkling in performance when the wind suits and a ROCKET down-wind.
If anyone wanted to make one, Roy has the plans. They are a simple hull to construct. It uses a servo to adjust the sail. The sail has a cunning method to induce shape into it. All up I reckon you could have one in the water for under $100 if you already have a transmitter.
Thanks for the chance to have that day sailing, Roy. Cheers.