Thanks Don.... a lot of boats were built at the Aeolus shop, not all dories. My dory has a pair of ash NINE FOOT Aeolus oars that balance about two feet outboard
. They are branded with the Aeolus logo, which makes me hesitant to cut them to proper size and install lead in the grips. If I find a really cheap
hobiecat with good hulls I might make an ad hoc trimaran
, which would be a big improvement for sailing the dory. Especially so if I ever want to beach cruise
I have an old foto of Ariel with the PO aboard for scale. But don't have a photo storage
spot, so no go. She looks almost like every other Ariel. Unfortunately she appeared to have been actively raced, meaning all the easy-peasy cruising rigging
is replaced with high performance racing
stuff that I don't favor for cruising.
I have my eyes open for a Triton if one comes my way. I could use the extra volume.
I would prefer to have a completely different kind of boat. Ocean going but shoal enough to beach consistently while alongshore. Something like a half-size version of Gaslight. With a droppable ballast keel if that were absolutely necessary. Although I can't see why it should be. Catamarans are unballasted, a proper sailing scow should have the same form stability, at least it seems so to me.
I doubt I will ever build new, but stranger things have happened. I would use aluminum
. It could not be overbuilt. The bottom could be 1 inch plate, probably eliminating the need of structural bottom framing. With massive insulation
I could spend many happy years in high latitudes exploring, gunk-holing, beachcombing the fringes......
too late or too early to be this distracted.