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  1. It's great seeing a Spindrift used as a proper dinghy should be. I also built mine as the dinghy to my little J/24 and it's always fun to show up to a mooring and pull a proper little sailboat off. I always get questions from other boats around me and sometimes even the dockmaster. It rows really well, sails great, and of course motors like a charm too. Thanks for such an efficient design, Graham. Nested on the small foredeck of the J/24: On the way to Catalina:
  2. If you're still trying to track down a Laser rig I'd go where the Lasers are- maybe a sailing club, yacht club or the like. I got my the Laser spars I have from someone at the yacht club who had an extra rig. For very cheap too. I often see old Lasers posted online around here that are pretty much complete including an old rig for around $200. The hull might be trashed but the spars look just fine. A brand new sail can be had very inexpensively if you buy a non-official sail from Intensity or one of the other 'practice' sailmakers. FYI the difference between the full size rig and t
  3. These are some of the photos I took during the build process. I slightly modified the design of the flotation chambers and benches to be more symmetrical and have a more sweeping line from fore to aft. I also designed a bracket to mount the benches that both hold them in place and allows for a line to tie them in place. Like I was saying before, I plan on replacing the forward benches with flotation chambers identical in design to the aft bench/chambers to bring up the side flotation level when it's capsized. It'll be a lot closer to the non-nesting version which has flotation alon
  4. According to the specs the Tohatsu 4 stroke is 59 pounds. The 4hp is identical to the 6hp- mine started as a 4hp but I swapped the carb for the 6hp version, which has a slightly wider throttle. It's still a bit of a handful getting it from the J/24 bracket to the stern of the Spindrift- but next time I may build a hoisting bridle and use the halyard to support some of the weight. I previously used a 5hp 2 stroke which was about 45-48 pounds with on board fuel. It was still a challenge to move it around. I really like the idea of having one outboard serve two purposes. I really don'
  5. I don't really know what the top speed is- I haven't really pushed it. I probably putter along at 6-7 knots. And with the high thrust prop I have on it for the J/24 I doubt it would get on a plane. Keep in mind the Tohatsu 6hp is identical to the 4hp except for the carburetor, which has a slightly wider throttle. My motor started as a 4hp but I upgraded to a 6hp throttle. At lower RPMs the performance is pretty much the same. Previously I've powered the Spindrift with a 2 stroke 3.5 Nissan made by Tohatsu and a 2 stroke 5hp Mariner, also made by Tohatsu. They were also used on my J/24 but were
  6. I built my Spindrift 10n to fit in a very small space in my garage. It's set up with a modern Laser rig with controls for outhaul, cunningham, main sheet, etc right where they would be on a Laser. My benches are optimized to be ideal for both sailing and rowing (and motoring too!) I have a hiking strap in the sole and it handles great with two people in a breeze. I designed a modified version of the benches that is easily removable and maintains the look of a continuous line from bow to stern. The aft benches are also symmetrical in the sense that either bench will fit on either si
  7. I have a 6hp Tohatsu I use for both my Spindrift and my J/24 sailboat. Obviously we sail whenever we can on the J/24 but there have been plenty of times when the wind has died coming back from Catalina and we would rather motor than drift for hours. We can easily motor at 5-6 knots with the 6hp Tohatsu. It's a 15" shaft which is great on the Spindrift. On the J/24 we have a height adjustable auxillary motor mount that also works for a 15" motor. On a sailboat you can lock the tiller on the outboard and steer with the sailboat tiller- I'm not sure how that would work on a powerboat.
  8. I built a Spindrift 10n to use as a tender on a pretty small J/24 for cruises from Marina del Rey to Catalina in Los Angeles, California, so no long distance voyages. The nice thing about a nesting dinghy compared to a Zodiac or other inflatable is how fast you are ready to go when you arrive at your location. While I usually have help dropping each half overboard, I've have done it by myself a few times as well. I hop in and join the two halves while in the water- I built mine so that there are no holes below the water line- it connects with two stainless steel brackets I designed. I also put
  9. I chose to use my Laser rig as well. It's a full sail, though, since I don't have a Radial lower section. In a breeze the full Laser rig is tough handling by myself- I capsized after struggling with it for a while and the nesting version just doesn't have enough side flotation in the bow to keep the hull far enough out of the water to prevent it from scooping in a ton of water and pretty much fully swamping the boat. Of course I was probably taking risks on a very windy day that most wouldn't go out in- I assumed I'd just sail it like my old Laser. I plan on building in permanent forward bench
  10. I installed inspection ports in my nesting Spindrift so I’d have a more or less waterproof chamber to store a few lightweight items like a small first aid kit, the registration papers and the very rarely used AA battery powered navigation lights that clip on the bow and stern. I wouldn’t load them up as it would defeat the purpose of a flotation chamber. The inspection ports are pretty pretty cheap and easy to install, but you can always do it later if you choose.
  11. I made a piece for the bow of my Spindrift that may work and look nice on your boat.
  12. Looks great! It feels like the most harrowing moment of the build but after the cut it's so satisfying seeing the bow section happily sitting in the stern.
  13. I built extensions for the aft section as well as the forward section- the result is a bench along each side. This post has a few more photos that show my build process:
  14. I found a photo from last fall- the gunwales are a little banged up from the hard dock i rubbed up against a while ago, but it would probably be pretty easy to brighten it up with a little sanding and varnish. One of the reasons I built my nesting Spindrift is to go on the deck of my J/24 out to Catalina and zip around the island once I get there. It's hard to beat this view of Blue Cavern Point!
  15. The bright finish has held up fine. The boat is stored hanging from the rafters in the garage, and it hasn't seen a lot of use since i built it. I'd say the paint on the hull is in worse condition from the bangs and scrapes. The gunwales get as much contact as anywhere else, right? I'm really happy that I kept a few areas bright, but I don't think I would have liked the results if I'd tried to to the whole boat that way- too many imperfections. It the first boat I've built after all. Yours looks great so far. It's a lot of fun seeing another nesting spindrift getting bu
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