100 Boat Designs Reviewed: Design Commentaries by the by Peter H. Spectre

By Peter H. Spectre

Recognized because the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner's publication of Days, Peter Spectre lives in Spruce Head, Maine.

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In this configuration, Caledonia will sit quietly during most summer weather. At the end of the day, if you're of a mind to show off, the mizzen can be used to back the boat down under sail into a slip. Just be sure to remember the boomkin, and keep the mainsheet free to run; if it fouls, you'll be courting disaster of front-page proportions. The steering difficulty caused by the far-aft location of the mizzen is obvious — the tiller wants to cut clean through the mast. Oughtred could have solved the problem by specifying a fancy curved tiller, or by drawing an inboard rudder with its post forward of the mast, or by using a yoke and lines.

A long, light tiller is hinged to the shorter stick and run forward. As drawn here, pulling the tiller forward will turn the boat to starboard. Some practice in open water will suffice to get the technique under control. On your first day with the boat, you might want to row out of the harbor. For serious shallow-water sailing, Oughtred chose a pivoting centerboard in preference to a daggerboard. This arrangement requires a longer trunk, but the boat has room to spare. A rowing thwart supports the trunk solidly.

As drawn here, pulling the tiller forward will turn the boat to starboard. Some practice in open water will suffice to get the technique under control. On your first day with the boat, you might want to row out of the harbor. For serious shallow-water sailing, Oughtred chose a pivoting centerboard in preference to a daggerboard. This arrangement requires a longer trunk, but the boat has room to spare. A rowing thwart supports the trunk solidly. The kick-up rudder (shown as an option) would add to Caledonia's shoal-water ability, but you might want to alter the design to provide for more bearing surface between the blade and cheeks when the blade is in its raised position.

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