Soon on the dry

After a month here in Club Nautico marina, it's soon time to haul the boat up. This is how it looked last time in Antigua. We're still debating whether or not to cut a piece of the rudder aft and glass an extension to the skeg for more stability. The large swept back rudder gives us better control of the boat (which already has a lot of wether helm) but it also adds extra stress to the structure and the size of the rudder might have been one of the causes for the steering chain to snap (besides old chain). We would like to minimize the risk of having that happening again and also to as a whole, make the boat less vulnerable for external impact.

Another interesting/odd thing with this boat is that she was originally designed with two daggerboards coming out from each side of the rudder. They're now removed (we think! could still be inside of their housing) and the slots are covered and glassed, but we understand that those played a great part in stabilizing the boat back in the days. I mentioned before that the boat is extremely fast but slightly unpredictable and if you loose focus for one second, she's already pushing to the wind. That's also something we'd like to get rid of, or at least minimize the best we can. It's not like we got ourselves a ready to go kind of boat, rather a massive challenge and she's demanded many sleepless nights from our (mainly Alex's) part thus far.

We're anxious to get out test sailing her now after the recent job done on the bulkheads, and another one after she's been up on the hard and got her mast and possibly also the rudder worked on. New mast step is the first priority when we haul her up next week.