Dutch Sonnet 16 had its maiden trip

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merijnwijnen

Dutch Sonnet 16 had its maiden trip

Post by merijnwijnen »

Hi All,

My beautifull black-yellow Sonnet had its maidentrip this wednesday :D .
It took sometime to get her together as I do not yet have the hang of it and I have to make some slight changes:
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And after that the real fun:
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She handles nice, very easy to turn even without edging. At speed the bow leaves the water, causing a loss of a lot of waterline length. Speed is quite a bit lower than my hardshell. Keeping up with my training partner gave me a real workout. But getting here up to speed is easy, she is just so light! Nice for handling on land as well.

I really like the boat, it has a lot of performance for a sub 10 kg bagboat.
Some things to change:
-To keep a longer waterline I will move the seat 2 inches forward, loading the bow.
-The kneehold is below par, moving the seat forward will help but probably I need more. Any Ideas?
-The backrest (now just pipe insulation around the crossbar) hurts. I will try a pool noodle around the bar.
-Better footrest, here I will try a pool noodle also.
-Make it easier to get the ends of the side stringers into the pockets, this took a lot of time.
-Make the stern a bit finer to increase the speed a bit

And, what do you think of her?
Greetings,

Merijn

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Re: Dutch Sonnet 16 had its maiden trip

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Beautiful kayak. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment with her.

Mary
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Re: Dutch Sonnet 16 had its maiden trip

Post by idc »

merijnwijnen wrote:Hi All,

And, what do you think of her?
Greetings,

Merijn

Looks great. Tell us more about how you find her handling and keep us up to date with your improvements. I find these Yost boats fascinating--though not sure I'll ever have the room to build one.
Happy paddling,
Ian

Troy

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Post by Troy »

Looks great! I keep thinking I need one of these, particularly since my Seatour 15 (non-folding) is a pain to get in and out of my home. Sonnet can fit in the trunk.

In that last pick you appear to be setting pretty far aft. I wonder if that might be contributing to the rising bow. Other Sonnet paddlers haven't mentioned having this issue before, and you don't look like a heavy guy.

kenton

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Post by kenton »

According to the specification the design seems to expect that the addition of the paddler would create about 2 inches/5 cm deflection at the stems, adding rocker; so a bow-high attitude is to be somewhat expected.

Perhaps merely a bit of well-placed ballast at the bow is all that's needed.

It just might require time in the water to get used to its characteristics.

Whatever the case it looks like you did a fine job constructing your new boat - congratulations!

Christov_Tenn

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Post by Christov_Tenn »

Good-looking boat, and you've got kids to help with assembly!

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