Friday, July 10, 2015

Sailing Dinghy wish list

Wow these are nice.  Oars either 8' to 8'-6" should be perfect with the Leman 12's  4'-6" beam.

Hatchet oars would look really cool.
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Concept2 has some 9' sculling oars for $490 with carbon shafts, Fat2 blades and traditional basswood handels that would be the ultimate, but probably too long.

Oar Clamps to ensure oars don't get stolen.

Edson Oar Locking Device

D Sleaves to go with Douglas oarlocks

D sleeves used with Douglas oarlocks to orient the blade perpendicular to the water on the power stroke and at a 6° inclination for the return stroke

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Oarlock sleeves might look like these and epoxy'd into the new rails.
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Dinghy fenders might be 'Pool Noodles' inside UV resistant durable white covers.  The idea is to emulate traditional fenders material with modern shock absorbing materials that have more flotation. These Gunnel Guard products pictured are really nice, but pretty pricey at $7.50 a foot

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Sails and rigging.
A free standing Laser 14 rig in lieu of the original stayed mast would eliminate standing rigging, halyards and the pesky task of hoisting sail.  A Laser sail can be furled around the mast when not in use and a further modification with velcro attachments might really ease sail handling.
Strap open.
Sail strap is velcro and in open position
Strap closed.
Velcro secured.

The Chuck Paine 14 is really sweet, but too big and way too heavy at 850 pounds for a yacht tender.  I really like the end boom sheeting arrangement, large flotation chambers fore and aft and the side benches.
The most beautiful yacht you could ever own.

Lehman 12 sailing dinghy project

I found our Lehman 12 'Cup Holder' on Craigslist for $500 it hull # 258 built in 1972.  

As you can see, 'Cup Holder' is in dire need of restoration.  Wood rails are cracked in places and will probably be replaced with a stronger foam glass composite.  Newer version of the Lehman 12 have a wider gunnel that makes sitting on the edge more comfortable.
'Cup Holder' at the Alameda Sailing Association yard.
Haul the boat from Newport was a bit of an adventure with the 12' boat hanging 6' out the back of this rental truck.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Ultimate sailing dinghy for LightSpeed?

We've been thinking about a replacement for our AB 10AL rigid bottom inflatable.  It's served us well for 5 years and it's probably the ultimate powered yacht tender for it's incredible stability, dry smooth ride and light weight.  However, a sailing dinghy would be more fun and rowing would be good exercise.

LightSpeed's davits can accommodate an overall length of 13'-10" and this opens the door to plenty of options.

Our primary criteria:
Classic, pleasing lines.
Fine sailing characteristics
Free-board to ensure a dry ride.
Single sail for easy operation.
Kick up rudder and durable hull for beach landings.
Low maintenance.
Fiberglass construction.
Rigged weight of ~200 pounds.
Crew weight of ~ 300 pounds.


Designer Bruce Kirby (of Laser and America's Cup fame) has designed a hull with traditional and classic looks that will plane readily, is comfortable to sail, surprisingly seaworthy, and easy to right in case of capsize. The self-draining cockpit quickly eliminates water and makes it possible to leave the Trinka 12 safely unattended at a mooring.

Trinka 12 Specifications
  • LOA: 12.0 feet (3.66 m)
  • DWL: 11.875 feet (3.62 m)
  • Draft
    Board Up: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
    Board Down: 34 in. (86.4 cm)
  • Beam: 63 in. (160 cm)
  • Sail Area 88 ft2 (8.2 m2)
  • Weight 225 Lbs. (102 kgs)
  • Maximum Capacity:
    4 Persons or 650 Lbs.(295 kgs)
    750 Lbs. (340 kgs) persons, motor, gear
  • Max HP: 2 HP Motor

Prices starting at $5,550 new

W.D. Schock Corporation Lehman 12
The Lehman 12 is an exceptionally responsive two-man planing dinghy that quietly glides through the water with only a whisper of wind. It is a daggerboard boat with a loose-fitted cat rig and a deep rudder. The simple, uncomplicated design of the Lehman 12 makes it great for the husband-and-wife team.
 Following the successful updates made to the Naples Sabot, Lido 14, and Santana 20, the W. D. Schock Corporation redeveloped the Lehman 12 in 1998, maximizing the fun of sailing and minimizing upkeep. Working with Lehman 12 class officers, Schock developed a stiff, light, virtually maintenance-free boat that conforms to all existing class rules. The rails, mast partner, center thwart, and fore and aft flotation tanks are molded fiberglass parts. Gone are the mahogany and oak rails that required frequent varnishing, weighed a considerable amount, and would loosen with use. In their place, the "new"Lehman 12 has comfortable flared hiking rails that give the boat a contemporary look and feel. Class-sanctioned strengthening stringers have also been added, and an aluminum tiller replaces the wooden tiller.
Sail area: ~81SF
Weight: about 200 pounds
Overall length on deck: 12'
Beam 54"
Active one design fleet in San Diego

Anchored at Drakes Bay

Drakes Bay is about 40 miles from Alameda, once we got outside the Golden Gate bridge the wind really dropped off to less than 10 knots.  Overnight the anchorage in the SW bight was really nice and calm and super quiet making for a great nights sleep.

On shore we see a few deer grazing tufts of grass, on the beach some large sea lions, in the bay some dolphins and plenty of sea birds.  The best part is that we can only see one other boat!