Quote: " Also, the*dodger*and*Bimini*are not functional yet, as half the pieces the old owner threw away because they were "done" (their language not ours...oh, how I'd like to have them to do a pattern by...). We don't have a*dinghy*either."
Dodger/Bimini: IMO Biminis belong in Bimini
waters :-) They really aren't required in the Salish Sea and are, again IMO, far more bother than they are worth. Even at the height of summer under a blazing August sun I, and my bald pate covered by my skipper's cap, get along just fine without a bimini
, The one that came with TrentePieds has, in fact, been dismantled because it was an unmitigated nuisance. The component parts
are awaiting transformation into a dodger
, which the previous owner apparently didn't have the nous to know is essential here on the Wet Coast :-)!
In anticipation of that transformation I picked up an old Ppaff commercial sewing machine
for a hunnert bux. Straight stirch, but it will do. I'm sure that in Seattle
you can do just as well. A domestic machine really won't do the job, and ideally you should have either a walking foot or a roller feed to handle this weight of material. The SailRite
machine seems too light to me, tho some people swear by it. If you are keeping one foot ashore in North Bend so you will have a place to put it, I recommend that you do get a secondhand machine for these sorts of jobs.
For pattern material, I propose to use good old denim. It seems just about the right weight for a job such as a dodger
, and it's cheap
enuff that if you mess up there isn't a great deal lost
. Build a dodger out of denim, just for the practice. Then move on to proper marine canvas
: Doing a “stitch'n'glue” version of an Optimist dinghy
seems to be the quickest way to get a serviceable little tender
, unless you go to e-bay. If you do do that, be aware that most of the little dinks that come up on e-bay neither row nor sail well. But for a coupla hunnert bux, what can you expect :-)? There will be times when you will want to carry your tender
. I think that on your boat (ketch, I presume?), an Optimist will fit twixt mast
and forestay. You also need to consider that even a lightweight dink like an Optimist is still 85 lbs or so, naked, and can be a struggle to get up and over the lifelines
. You might like to rig a “whisker pole” for the specific purpose of working in conjunction with your spinnaker halyard
as a cargo boom to get the dink up and over the life lines.