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  1. I've towed a Spindrift 11 nesting dinghy and found it tows much more easily than the 8' pram I towed before. There is much less tension on the towing line meaning there is much less drag. The Spindrift is designed to plane which it will be doing at hull speed for the mother ship. The prams are not designed to plane and they stand up and protest the whole way. One caution, in a following sea you may find the Spindrift surfing up on your transom. I've had to steer the boat out of the way of the tender while entering an inlet with a wicked following sea. Some suggest putting a pool noodle on the towing line so it causes extra drag when the line goes slack. Unless you have a need to fit the 9 footer into a specific spot, go with the 10 footer. And don't overbuild. Follow the plans to get a light boat with plenty of strength. Graham is a good designer. Rely on his plans. Get the study plans before making a decision. The cost will be credited against the complete plans or kit.
  2. Has anyone experimented with fitting a pedal drive to one of the Birder kayaks? Have you seen any plans for adding a rudder?
  3. That's going to be a fine boat!
  4. Nice solution, Docpal. If you want it to open even further, it seems like you could extend the straight pieces further aft and move the bent pieces aft as well. This would raise the hatch away from the deck as it's lifted and eliminate the interference.
  5. You might also want to check out Sport-a-Seat. I use them for my Birder kayak.
  6. Rdubs, An additional technique I use that hasn't been mentioned elsewhere for the butterfly joint is something I learned in engineering materials class. After the pieces are joined with fiberglass, drill a 1/4" hole at the very point of the V between the two sheets being joined. This eliminates the sharp point of the V which is where any cracks would start. Now the stresses are spread out over the circumference of the hole and less likely to start a crack. The hole is a convenient place for the screw joining the two backing blocks discussed above. And it's easy to fill later when glassing the seam.
  7. Excellent idea. Great to see the Ultimate Florida Challenge videos. I'm tempted to try converting my Birder 2 kayak (for local sailing; No way I'm doing an expedition!). Will plans for the Expedition Canoe be available soon? Would the design be adaptable to the Birder 2?
  8. Have you seen this video Alan uploaded recently called Expedition Canoe. It's a sailing canoe with outriggers. I hope I can adapt it to my Birder kayak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqS7fzmc-_0
  9. I'm guessing with the geometry, it would require very long oars and would take more room for the strokes. And you have the additional jigs to extend the oarlocks to be stored when not in use. It does look appealing to face forward and would be great in calm conditions. I'm not sure it would be as effective in rough and windy conditions. Nothing beats the traditional rowing position for getting your back into it and pulling hard. There have been times when that was just barely enough to make progress.
  10. Try http://windyty.com. It's a gorgeous and useful wind and weather prediction program that covers the entire world but you can zoom down to local conditions. You can also select elevations from the surface to the jet stream at upper elevations. It also can shows temp, rain, tides, waves, etc. as selected. The bar at the bottom can play the forecast like a video for the next ten days. I see Graham mentioned this program in October but I didn't pick up on it then, Check it out. It's mesmerizing.
  11. This is probably not the place to discuss or recommend production boats. I would suggest trailersailor.com and maybe some other sailing sites. You find a good deal of experience and worthy advice there.
  12. I'll be keeping an eye on your build. I'm thinking about a OB20 kit in the spring. Nice shop!
  13. I agree with everyone, in that it's a personal choice. It's a mistake to think that my personal choices also apply to others.
  14. I may have missed other posts relating to future plans for B&B Yacht Design, but I noticed this entry from Graham on another thread and thought that it deserved it's own thread. I want to applaud Graham and Carla, first for their commitment and innovation to boat design and building, and second for their foresight and good fortune in bringing Alan and Beth into the business. I also want to thank and congratulate Alan and Beth for keeping this wonderful enterprise alive.
  15. Some interesting sites on the history of lobster boats (or Downeast style) designs. Great lineage. http://www.maineboats.com/online/boat-features/evolution-maine-lobsterboat http://downeaststyleboats.com/category/downeast-lobster/ http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/lobster_boat_defined There also appears to be some good videos on Youtube.
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