1) Sometimes I'm going to have to tow the dinghy
. Any suggestions for the distance behind it should be towed and also the breaking strength for the line?
2) The dinghy
came with a Sabot style rig where the sail slips over a round mast
, but with no sail. I was just given a great condition El Toro style rig with a sail track and square mast
. Obviously the square mast doesn't fit into the round hole. I can either modify the sail or change out the mast well. Any preferences for one rig over the other, or any other advice?
3) What about reefing? I live in the SF Bay
and it gets awfully windy here in the summer. There are times where I'd like to have a comfortable sail in a blow. Any suggestions with either rig for how to create a reefing system?
4) Any suggestions for building or finding an appropriate bow protector?
5) And finally, the great mystery. The people who sold me the dinghy said it was a Fatty Knees
. She's not. According to the HIN, she was made in July 1977 in Norfolk, MA by a company called "Micro Marine". The company also went by the name "MZ Marine
Woodworking" and was apparently owned by Bill Hullbig. Does anyone know _anything_ about this company or the dinghy's the built?