Hi, I'm new here. I've been reading some of the posts, which I find very interesting and informative as well.
I have recently acquired a fibreglass lifeboat 12 feet by 5'3" which is very good for rowing since it's got a small keel
and 2 rowing positions. I also use a small 4 hp outboard
to do a little fishing
sometimes. I find its small size and weight very convenient since I usually go on my own and I can do everything without any help.
I like sailing as well and so I have rigged a balanced lug sail with an area of 65 sq.feet. The dimensions I got from the Internet
copying from a slightly smaller boat. The yard and boom are both 10 feet and the mast
11 fixed 50 inches from the bow. I'm trying to adjust things especially the Leeboard which I fit on the SB side through a slot in the gunwhale in line with the CLR of the sail (according to my calculations).
However, in the first sea-trial I found that the boat has too much lee helm
, so I'll try the Leeboard a few inches further forward......... We'll see.
Any suggestions are welcome
. Good to be here.