I haven’t posted for quite some time, but I sailed my new boat for the first time yesterday, and I was very pleased with its overall performance…so I decided to show you I’m still around
Some people were taking pictures at the Scott Spacie Memorial Regatta yesterday, so if I get some action photos, I’ll add them here. I’m sure Scott was looking down at us and chuckling about my bringing a boat that had never been sailed before…as usual.
If I gave it to a better skipper, I’m pretty sure it would be a winner. It’s pretty light, so best in flattish water. Great acceleration…with the coincident quick deceleration. Tracks beautifully and tacks easily unless overpowered by waves. It was a bit twitchy downwind, but that will be corrected by changing the steering servo horn or expo on my radio.
Typical of my “kitchen table” boats, it is a chine design made from 1/64 ply, assembled with my usual tape and glue “air build” approach. The fin is a lamination of basswood, carbon strip, and balsa. The rudder is basswood with a carbon tube shaft. Displacement is 300g, LOA is 325mm, beam is 78mm.
The rig is a departure from my McRigs. It’s a swing rig based on an idea from Roger Stollery’s Marblehead rigs. I liked it well enough that I plan to make 2 bigger and one smaller to give me a complete set.
I wish you all well. As we compete this season, I fervently hope that we all keep in mind that the strength of the Footy class has always been in the friendship and camaraderie of skippers world wide. In the end, that is so much more important than having the fastest boat, biggest trophy, or most important title.
Have fun with Footys…Bill