This is an example of the Stevenson Projects "Weekender" built by Charlie Duerr of Jackson, Wyoming, USA.
Charlie explains "The boat isn't a tacking boat at all due to the small keel, but she really goes across the wind or running! I have spent the last 4 years Abusing her and testing her limits in WY, but have only turtled her once... During a crazy thunder storm. But, luckly she sails like a Dingy and rights like one too... Just stand on the keel and she comes right back up!"
The weekender is described as a boat that borrows some good ideas from the golden age of working sail, as well as some new wrinkles from space-age materials and power systems. It's a project that combines the best of both worlds-the classic lines of the sea-wise sloops of the turn of the century-and the quick-to-build, lightweight, low maintenance of modern materials.
Weekender is only one of many interesting pocket yachts and day sailors designed for DIY construction.
DRAFT: 3' (1' w/RUDDER UP)
HULL WEIGHT: 550LBS
SAIL AREA: 120 SQ.FT
I had to look up Wyoming which is about as far from the sea as you can get in the United States, none the less Charlie has a great little boat and what some fantastic locations for sailing.
For more details about Charlie's boat please see the Stevenson's Project pages and thanks very much for sharing with us.
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Monday, 3 February 2014
Stevenson Projects "Weekender"
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'The boat isn't a tacking boat at all" I hope this is a gross over statement because if it's not then No thanks! It's a pretty boat but hardly a "sailboat" more like a sail barge. In my book a sailboat that can't tack to windward is patently unsafe.ReplyDelete
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I think you will find Stevenson's Weekenders will tack on a dime. They are good to windward. I have sailed up many Creeks and Rivers against the wind with no problems. These are highly underated boats. I sailed mine in 6' seas and 25knots, It felt very safe and dry. For a 15' sailboat they are very seaworthy. They are easy to build and a lot of fun.ReplyDelete
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