Saturday, March 7, 2015
Shoal draft sailboats
In the islands here I get to see lots of other shoal draft sailboats . 98% are designs from Europeans. They have lots of places over there with big tides so they want boats that can dry out with out any problems.
Most of these designs sport twin rudders, swing ballast keels , are built in aluminum, steel, wood and glass. They average a bit more depth than the HFM being mostly in the 31/2 ' depth range verses my 27" draft.
All the boats shown here are here now sailing about. Enjoy!
Nice sturdy sailing machine.
Rachel speaks French and I don't. She learned it in high school. All the Frenchmen that I ask about their boats in English and sign language try and tell me about their vessels. It's lots of fun. They are all very nice to me . I have told Rachel my fantasy is to hook up with a French girl that only speaks French and cannot understand me, vs Versa. So she speaks French to me and we keep this illusion alive at times..... Works for me.
Would not want to bump over a shoal with this kind of rudder set up.
Yikes! Not for me . I like glass over wood. Ask any one that has been out here sailing for years will say that glass over wood is the best, easiest to repair and maintain construction. Fiberglass is strong but not as strong as a good cold molded hull. Steel rusts from day one, aluminum can be an electrolysis nightmare and is not maintence free, fiberglass cored boats have to be built right and can be fragile if it's a lightweight design, classic wood is fine if you can do the maintence yourself but having grown up in a carvel planked ketch that always leaked, having sunk in a small French built plywood planked sloop with out a glass overlay I will stick to my system of heavy glass over multiple plywood skins. Solid glass can last forever it seems, but you have to hide it just like on a metal boat so you end up building the boat twice... Kinda. Plus solid glass sweats like a metal boat so if you are going to be in cold weather you have to insulate it too.
But can be very fast if you know how to handle them. You cannot carry much in them either because of their light displacement. Many have been sailed all over the world in all oceans. I would love to do a cruise in one but they cost too much for me. I built the HFM in 1999 launched and sailing for $35,000.00 US $ so I would be short about $ 150,000.00 more for one of these beauty's.
Just shows you that there are all kinds of ways to get to the same goal of shallow water adventuring.