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Old 02-05-2008, 00:38   #1
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I want to build this boat

Boat plan details, Sharpie 14 (SH14), Day boats

I have never sailed before but will be taking lessons this month; our park district has Sunfish's one can take out so I will spend the summer learning. I would like to build my own boat and like the looks of the one I linked to, but how does a sailboat work without any sort of centerboard or keel? Wouldn't there be a lot of slipping to lee?
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:12   #2
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I would like to build my own boat and like the looks of the one I linked to, but how does a sailboat work without any sort of centerboard or keel?
If you take a glance at the overhead view you'll see there is something. It looks like a centerboard to me.
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Boat plan details, Sharpie 14 (SH14), Day boats

I have never sailed before but will be taking lessons this month; our park district has Sunfish's one can take out so I will spend the summer learning. I would like to build my own boat and like the looks of the one I linked to, but how does a sailboat work without any sort of centerboard or keel? Wouldn't there be a lot of slipping to lee?

Take a look at the photos also. I think there you will see it is definitely a centerboard as you can see the pivot towards the bow in one photo (second column over, fourth photo down). Also the long slot from the upside down view and the shape of the trunk clue you in.

Sounds like a nice summer project, enjoy.
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Old 06-05-2008, 15:07   #4
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Welcome aboard!! Good plan for this summer. Where is your park district? Our club uses Sunfish to train and they are great little boats. You'll learn a lot.
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Welcome Desetmonk, Many people enjoy building their boat even though sometimes it costs more. Tools, materials, and your time will be expenses. You always have to figure in your time even though other people will not pay for it. Enjoy building your sharpie. I heard they are nice boats.

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I have decided to go with a Karl Stambaugh Bay Skiff 12, it should go together nicely this summer.
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you cant find a better hobby that boat building, the pleasure of taking materials and turning them into an object of use is fantastic(i just knocked up a catamaran dinghy over the weekend)
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