Thursday, January 31, 2019

Beachcruising and Coastal Camping by Little and Walsh

27 Jan 19:

Just finished reading through a comprehensive guide to coastal camping in small boats, written by Ida Little and Michael Walsh. They discuss how to save money by staying small and getting off the charts into some isolated, muck marine areas. Easy transport and storage, simple maintenance. Focus on prep and a flexible schedule. A good reference for those getting into small boat cruiser camping.

It was interesting to see that we currently own several of the recommended boats, Lugger, Day Sailer, and the mighty Sunfish. Guess we'll have to try towing our Grumman 17 SCOUT as a gear barge behind the Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY?

FMI: Little, Ida, Michael Walsh, and Julius M. Wilensky. 1992. Beachcruising and coastal camping. Stamford, CT: Wescott Cove Pub. Co.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019


26 Jan 19:

Wrapping up seawall repairs. New wildlife habitat installed, a little bit of limestone for critters to hang out in along the shoreline and for the heron to go fishing. Nice place for us to hang out also.

Friday, January 25, 2019

O'Day Day Sailer 2003 Sailboat Hall of Fame

From the web archive for The American Sailboat Hall of Fame:

In 1956 George D. O’Day’s day job was selling insurance in Boston. At night he was importing sailboats designed by Uffa Fox, the famous British designer who had earned a worldwide reputation for innovative dinghy designs including those for the developmental International 14 class. O’Day, who was an enthusiastic International 14 sailor, had met Fox a year or so earlier and the two had started a friendship and a collaboration that would last for many years.

Not long after the two had met O’Day told Fox about his concept for a 17-foot fiberglass boat that would appeal to the emerging family market in America. O’Day envisioned a centerboarder that would have a beam of about 6 feet, flotation fore and aft, a small cuddy cabin, and an aluminum mast and boom. The two traded ideas and plans back and forth across the Atlantic and then, early in 1958, the two finally agreed on the lines and the general layout for the boat that O’Day would call the Day Sailer.

The boats were built in a small facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, and O’Day marketed them from his office in Boston.

Even though Fox never did accept O’Day’s cuddy, O’Day was equally adamant that it was a crucial part of whatever success the boat would have. “That enclosure was the perfect answer for cold kids and new sailors,” O’Day would say later.

But there were other features, many of them revolutionary at the time, that helped make the boat an immediate success. It had an outboard bracket, a spinnaker and reasonably comfortable sleeping arrangements for two.

O’Day also placed the boom almost three feet above deck, which made it possible to put a canvas tent over the boom and create even more living space.

The Day Sailer was built for more than 20 years by the O’Day Corporation, and is currently being produced by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. And even though there were minor modifications along the way and a name change from Day Sailer 1 to Day Sailer 2, the planing hull that Fox had created and the cuddy cabin and special features that O’Day had insisted upon remained essentially unchanged.

More than 13,000 Day Sailers have been built since hull number one rolled out of the Fall River plant almost 45 years ago (1958), and today there are more than 60 active Day Sailer fleets in North America. Each year, the class hosts more than 30 regional and national regattas that emphasize family participation for the boat’s two-person racing crews. The Day Sailer has more than delivered on the promises put forth by its creators so many years ago. It is a boat that is spirited but also forgiving enough so that it can be sailed easily by beginners of almost any age. And it has been a favorite for generations of families who want to experience the pleasure that comes when a design is matched perfectly to the wind that brings it to life.

-Text Credit: Charles Mason. 2003.
-Images: Small Boat Restoration

Editor: We have enjoyed Day Sailers since the late 1990s, our 1971 DSII CYANE is a good sporty compliment to our Drascombe Lugger ONKAHYE and our Sunfish fleet. Easy to trail, easy to rig and store. We added a mast tabernacle, roller furling, a topping lift and spinnaker rigging. She is the dolphin's favorite, they show up every time we take her out.

Log of CYANE.

New Day Sailers! Cape Cod Shipbuilding

Thursday, January 24, 2019

1963 Alcort Sunfish CHIP 24 Jan 19 Patterns

24 Jan 19:

Finished the frame patterns and made a stem pattern.

Checking measurements.

Stem pattern.

Backer block for coaming screw.

DeWalt Full Seal Safety Goggles

24 Jan 19:

Found some nice protective eyewear, it fits over my glasses. I really like them to keep out sawdust and other sanding dusts.

Soft, dual injected rubber conforms to the face to provide a high level protection from dust and debris
Adjustable, elastic cloth head strap provides a comfortable fit
Ventilation channels allow breathability and added protection against fogging

FMI: DeWalt Safety Goggle

AMF Sunfish Assembly 1976

23 Jan 19:

A few photos from the AMF factory.

Gelcoat stripes.

Foam blocks.

Leak test.

Daggerboard trunk.


Sunfish Learn To Sail in 3 Days

24 Jan 19:

The AMF catalog from 1976 has a few pages dedicated to learning to sail in 3 days. Day 1 is about getting used to being on a boat, on the water. A few techniques are taught on how to move the boat with paddle, daggerboard or surfboard stroke should the wind drop off. Also turning with the tiller is introduced. These drills are done in shallow water.

AMF Catalog, 1976.

Sunfish Capsize Drill and Recovery

24 Jan 19:

We picked up a nice catalog from AMF, 1978 vintage and it has a Learn To Sail section inside. One of the skills to learn is capsize recovery, the article show how to purposely capsize the boat (in shallow water for practice) and recover.

Before we start, some of our tips are to make sure the daggerboard is fully inserted in the trunk. All boats should have some type of retainer line that keeps the board from floating away. Make sure the sheet is not fouled around the tiller or else the boat could sail away. And if the winds or waves are up, swim the bow of the boat into the wind.

Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Try this out with your PFD and see if it interferes with climbing back aboard. Sometimes it is easier to climb back in over the stern, experiment with that. If your PFD causes issues, try another style. Did we mention to always wear a PFD? Check out our post on PFDs for tips. If you have tips, please post in the comments below.

Sail Smart!
Skipper and Clark