Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Sailboat in the water

I'm finally finished (kinda) and got the thing in the water today. It was great! I could easily paddle it like a canoe, and it sailed fine with my little polytarp sail, although it has a leeward helm (the center of lateral resistence is obviously abaft the center of effort). More modifications to come, but for now, I can have some adventure. Woo-hoo! It's everything I've wanted. Stable, unsinkable, paddle-able, .... Sweet.


-Mike "El Loco One" said...

So have you named her yet? Hit her with a bottle of champagne?

Tim Gardner said...

Ha! I'm thinking about "Dinghy Girl." And no champagne, but I did spill some Diet Pepsi during an unintentional jibe. That counts, I guess. Actually, in the old days, they put slaves under the keel as the ship was slid into the sea, staining it red. Later, they just splashed some red wine on it. Now it's usually champagne or something. But the history is sordid, like most history.

Tim Gardner said...

Or somethin' like that.