Spray Sheild

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Spray Sheild

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So I was putzing around the shop yesterday and remembered something Mark Eckert told me when I was down at his place working on my boat. I grabbed the old Klepper lee boards and commenced to making myself a spray shield. I made a pattern using cardboard and then started cutting.. the two pieces are joined using scrap PVC rubber. Each end is anchored to the shroud d-rings with some parachute cord run through a cleat. It actually sits pretty firmly with those two anchor points alone but I chose to run another line to the bow with a small bungee cord which makes it really rock solid. I still have to look at it some more. It’s definitely sitting loud and proud up there! It has also somewhat solved my paddle storage problem. Will it work or failed experiment? At least I can earn some points by telling my wife I tried to keep her dry
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Klepper Aerius II Schooner -1950’s
Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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Re: Spray Sheild

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Mo,
Love the ingenuity! Yes, the front sailor will stay dryER, but rear will still get sprayed pretty well (or badly, depending on how you look at it!). You might be surprised by how much the lee board, especially when it is windward on a tack or reach, will throw water RIGHT IN YOUR FACE WITH EVERY F*ING WAVE (can you tell I have been there?) and I would love to see your creativity applied to that problem. Maybe a well place fairing or wing attaced to the leeboard just at and above the water line? That said, you can do what most everyone I know does...get a good spray skirt. Mark makes a really nice one in single and double configuration. My opinion is that sailing in anything more than a gentle breeze really requires a spray skirt for safety, let alone for comfort. You might be surprised at how much water you take on given the minimal freeboard of our boats, especially with two sailors onboard. Just my $.02,
g
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Why thank you g. Haven’t managed to get her out yet but I expect there to be some dampness. If I need to cobble together some other solution then I’ll be grateful to have another problem to solve! I have a frame that is pushing 70 years old so anything approaching uncomfortable and I’ll be heading for home. I wanted the schooner rig primarily to squeeze the most out of benign conditions. Will I be tempted with my 14 yr old out on the hiking seat to see what this boat can do? Yep, but mostly I’ll be taking it easy.

Anyway appreciate your .02. I built a little stepping platform for the keel today. It’s just a saddle that sits over the keel stringers... cheers
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Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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Re: Spray Sheild

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Final version. Paddle storage seems like it will work and creates some luxurious armrests for front passenger.
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Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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Re: Spray Sheild

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Nicely done Mo, looks like a great add. But as for it being "final"...Hah! Nothing is ever final once you start modifying. These kayaks almost ask to be tinkered with. I see a furling jib and motor in your future.
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Kleppers, A1 Expedition and carbon Quattro
Easy Riders, 18.6 and 17
Lots of BSD sails
Torqeedo outboard
1938 Sachs-Fichtel seitenbordmotor

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