For years my grandparents have had an old 12 foot Davidson sailing dinghy
. The thing is in rough shape, but the lines are pretty and the fibreglass hull
is still in fine. About 15 years ago my Dad took the boat out sailing and snapped the mast
. Nice work pops. After this, I guess my family
gave up on the sailing side of this dinghy
and used it solely as a rowing dinghy. The mast
, daggerboard, sail(s) and rudder
have all been lost
in the years.
I'm going to get this boat sailing again this summer. I've never sailed a dinghy, but have spent the last 6 months living aboard
a sailboat in the Caribbean
. Because I've never sailed a dinghy I have a bunch of basic questions for all those tech-savvy sailors I know exist out there:
I have no idea how the rig was set up. The mast step is about 2 feet aft of the bow, a rectangular step only about 2 inches deep. I'm going to make a wooden mast, I've heard spar-grade spruce is the best to use? What sort of stays/shrouds do I need? I'm assuming I'll need a boom, but I've seen hobie cats without booms...? I noticed a lot of cat boats were gaff rigged. Why is this? Do many 12 foot dinghies have jibs? The mast seems pretty far forward to have a jib
I met a great guy in Miami
named Zeik who made a daggerboard out of a street sign, said its the best material for one. But I've also heard of composite daggerboards. Honestly I have no idea what is important in building a daggerboard. I need to look at some plans, but just wondering about some general pointers on how to build a daggerboard, particularly what material is best to use, and how to determine the best dimensions for it.
Same goes as daggerboard, as far as not knowing how to build one, but needing general suggestions/any good plans anyone might have.
I think I'll have to build the rig around the sail, because I'll be buying
the sail second hand. Thinking of grabbing an old mainsail
from a larger cruising boat and just putting in a new foot to make the sail an appropriate size? Maybe I can find a sail with a second reefing point and use that. The dimensions might be a little off, but I don't know if I can find an actual dinghy mainsail
If anyone could answer any of these questions, it would be unbelievable. I'm shooting in the dark with this project
, but that's kind of the fun of it
Thanks cruisers forum, you haven't let me down yet!