This is really Icester
#2, as I built a previous boat to
test the concept. It bore little
resemblance to the final plans. But I needed to test the idea of using
the vertical side members to support the downward mast loads, when used
in a tall fuselage such as this. I also needed to experiment with stay
geometry... especially the practicality of using a forward stay mounted
on the springboard. It works, because it is
not too far forward.
A few things changed from the pictured prototype, including the size of
the mainsheet hole... it is smaller on the plans. you can see a shot of
the earliest protype in Woodenboat issue #104, in the "Launchings"
Parked on Lake Mahopac, winter of 1993. The whole lake used to freeze back then, and it was possible to sail right into town for lunch or a beer. We would all sail our boats down to Four Brothers Pizza, or Kelty's bar.
The red/green navigation lights are handy at night. The white screw out hatch gives access to tools and spare parts.
When the wind would die, it was an easy matter to take down the sail and walk the boat back to our beach. That is, if I remembered to wear my ice creepers.
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