I have a 16 foot aluminum
boat with canvas sails
that needs sails
made for it if I ever get the bottom repaired. I have the Puffer that needs a main. The Puffer was rope and rope. Now it is rope luff and a track with clips sewn to the foot of the sail for the boom track.
Seems like the track provides pretty good support for the boom. Going loose footed might be too much for that kind of track unless the outhaul
also had a webbing or something around the boom itself. A wooden slot with a slug for the clew is easiest for me, but I have a boom here where a slug pulled out of the wood slot I wonder if that method is strong enough for a loose footed sail without having the same kind of support around the boom. Admittedly, the Puffer doesn't need super strength parts
, but I am trying to learn as I go.
Slides for the mast are not a problem, but if I do that I will sew the rope in anyway and then sew the slides on around it. I guess I should not say that until after I read the Sailmakers Apprentice. I ordered it today. Learning
to make 15 foot sails properly would seem to be a good place to start.
The Puffer's purpose is for me to learn on. A boat that is easy to transport, set up, single
hand, and to stand back up when it gets knocked down while I am in it single
handed. It is a nice little boat that two guys can lift
and put in the back of a truck if needed. Rigging
it alone with no way to pin the bottom of the mast except a tab and a place it fits in can be a lot of fun. No problem with the pinned mast on the 16 foot boat. It isn't self bailing or going to be easy to stand back up alone tho. I expect it to be my primary fishing
weekend boat next summer hopefully, but it isn't the best learner boat. It is for after I stop needing to stand the boat back up every few minutes!