If I were to build another Windsprint...
I'd build the second boat first!
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If you're thinking of building your own Windsprint,
learn from my experience:
Write me if you have any questions -- I'm glad
Use good plywood. The extra expense is
not that much and you will have a much better boat for your efforts. One
year later, my boat is checking pretty badly. You will also spend a lot
less time sanding and filling than you will with AC Fir. Alternatively,
you can glass it with eopy and at least 4o.oz fiberglass.
The bottom is too flimsy, build it out of 3/8"
or 1/2" plywood. You'll have much less annoying oil-canning that way.
Don't use "marine" paint. I used Interlux Brightsides
one-part poly: it looks great, but at $20/quart I could have bought a lot
of porch paint which would have looked just as good.
Build big floatation tanks. I'd deck
over from the mast partner foward and the rear thwart aft. You'll be glad
you did when you inevitably capsize.
Build the hollow mast as shown in the plans,
the solid piece is too heavy with any wood you can afford. This is a future
project for my boat.
Bohndell Sails in Maine makes a great sail for
a great price. Call Dynamite Payson or Bohndell directly to order yours.
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