Examples of my work
I purchased Sandpiper in November 2013 and have been very happily busy making those small personal touches that add to the delightful feeling of new ownership. Sandpiper required nothing to be done by way of maintenance. I did add a few snap shackles to make rig changes that bit easier. I did replace the shroud lashings with 2mm spectra. The plain nylon that was there was more than up to the task but its mechanical integrity relies on all the line being in excellent condition. The spectra’s strength relies on the core material and it is protected by the cover sheath. Minor damage to the cover is not structurally significant. The spectra also slides more easily allowing more even tensioning of the rigging. I also wanted to try a more upright rig. The boat had a very strong rake of the main mast. Both Euan and Peter Kerr told me that the distinct rake was needed to generate balanced helm in light air. I was trialing sailing the boat cat rigged (main only) and she needed less helm in 10 knots. The obvious thing to do was set the jib especially as it can be readily moved for and aft at its tack on the bowsprit. Still experimentation is the key to learn about you new boat, so off I went. The upright rig allowed balanced sailing in 15 to 18 knots with main only upwind and I thought as I was sailing it will be interesting to see how she manages in light air with a jib. Probably lee helm will slow her down. Anyway I turned down wind to come home and no matter how you tension the forestay to firm up the rig fore and aft once you let go that main-sheet tension the mast stands up. The mast stood up and I suspect a little over vertical and the normally well behaved Sandpiper took off like an over powered dingy. When a passing motorboat wake let her roll to windward she was very skittish and wanted to gybe with strong lee helm. Back at the mooring rig re-set to its old strong rake. While I have a long and broad sailing experience I have never sailed a gaffer with its very prominent long roach. The rotation of the centre of effort with that long boom and big roach is unlike the tall lean rigs I have had. Sandpiper flies downhill with her very sleek looking rake. My suggestion is limit the rotation of the boom by dropping the traveler and keeping just a little sheet tension in hand. I expect that with a crew and the capacity to readily pole out she will plkane in any weight of breeze. Anyway I have learned a lot over the last month and have fully equipped myself for a camping trip away next week. I hope to make log entries form now on. 1/12/2013.
Sunday 8th December 2013.
Sandpiper is currently on a mooring at Ephraim Island. She has been finished with a copper epoxy finish that was intended to protect the hull form sand abrasion with beaching. The copper while a quality antifoul was not expected to provide protection for in water storage. After 4 weeks in the water here she has some growth on the copper but the copperdoes not follow the water line aft ( not intended to either). I took Sandpiper across the basin west of Ephraim and anchored her off the Paradise Point beach. I gave the the fouled boot-top area and fantail a gently rub . I have ordered a sea-pen floating dock that will be delivered this month. This will see Sandpiper dry berthed in a floating bag. The bag is designed with a sump under about the mast. The modified submersible bilge type pump removes the salt water and the fiber lined bag closes around the hull. She will be dry stored on the water and I will be able to freshwater wash all of her easily. I will also be able to fresh flush the motor. I will report on the sea-pen when I have trialed it.
Monday 16th December
Just back from my first trip up to Morton Bay Sandpiper completed the annual CYAA (Qld) Deanbilla bay pursuit. Click here for detailed report . Sandpiper as the smallest vessel was first away and finished a very creditable second. Her on the beach capacity allowed me to use her a ferry for 12 people back to their yachts after our sun-downers.
Euan brought the other Manly based Amity out to join the fleet and the match up between the two boats was exceedingly close. I had trialed all my camping gear successfully but ended up as a guest on Tom Thumb.
World recognized sailor Julienne Bethwhait was sailing on the day and showed keen interest in the design. A bright discussion about the difference between a traditional couta boat and a traditional mullet boat followed.
The Amity was intended to be , and is, closely modeled on the Morton Bay Net boats that are close kin to the New Zealand mullet boat .
The Couta has a much deeper keel and bilge than the Mullet or Bay boats. The amity retains the essentials of the Mullet boat but with an even flatter underwater profile to suit beaching in shallows. The addition of the weighted foil centerboard gives more than adequate stability.
Click on the image below for a larger view. The 2 downwind boats are gunter rig the upwind sloop rig. These are 18 ft mullet boats. They carry more sail proportionally than an Amity and as can be seen need several crew to hold them down.
4 Jan 2014
The new seapen dry dock for Sandpiper has been installed. Prior to installation I took the boat down to wave-break island and did a full under-body scrape and rub.
She is dry clean and I can even use a bucket to fresh water flush the motor. Very very happy.
18th Jan 2014
Sandpiper was used as the photo-shoot boat for Jules (vidpicpro) to capture the Surf to City race.
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