Ok … lug vs sprit
The Sprit sail design and making method is in the plan for the PDRacer (a whole $20 for 90 pages – really a course on modern boatbuilding) and the lug rig is a free option for purchasers of the plan.
You can see a story on his boat … the “sexy black PDRacer” below on this blog.
This was the first time the boat had been in the water.
Waiting for the start gun … I sooo missed the start. Was really late trying to get clear wind and too far away from the line.
Mike got a very nice start and may have been in the first one or two boats to the windward mark before he had to come back and pack up. You can see the pink boat (me) trying to catch up.
In other words, no material difference.
I took the pink PDR through the whole race … confused my friends in the TS16 after I caught them on starboard on the last windward leg.
The PDR had the legs of the balance lug rigged 16footer furthest out when going upwind … the guy was a very good sailor – outfoxed everyone on the first downwind leg by heading high and coming down fast on a increase on windpressure.
Pic right is Mike coming in with his rudder in shallow mode. That buoy was attached to a long length of rope that went off to the left and was tied to the wharf.
It made sailing out of this space pretty crap and in the stronger breeze of saturday it made it exciting coming into the area too.
photos of PDRacers
Photos of the Goolwa show
Info on the OZ PDRacer sailboat Plan ($20 and abundantly detailed)