Steve Isaacs (AKA Chief) checks
gear on Gary Blankenship's Frolic2 "Oaracle"
just prior to the 2006 Watertribe Everglades
FROLIC2, CUDDY MULTI SKIFF, 20' X 5',
400 POUNDS EMPTY
The photo shows the prototype Frolic2
built by Larry Martin of Coos Bay, Oregon. Larry built
the boat quite quickly this past winter including sewing
the sail to the instructions given in the plans. He reported
sailing it for the first time on a ripping day with an
occasional 2' wave. I always advise testing a new boat
in mild weather, especially a new design, but Larry got
away with it. Looking at his photos, the neat work, and
simple efficient rigging suggests to me that Larry has
been sailing small boats a long time.
Frolic2 has a small cabin, probably
only for one to sleep in because the multichines that
make the boat good in rough water also rob you of floor
space. To say it another way, the nice big floor space
of a flat bottomed sharpie is what pounds in rough water
and makes you uncomfortable. But Frolic2 has a 6' long
cockpit so someone could sleep there too. There is bench
seating. The cabin top has a slot top down the center
and you can stroll right through the cabin standing upright
in good weather and out the front bulkhead to the beach.
The mast is offset to one side so you will need not have
to step around it. Phil Bolger showed us how to do this
about 15 years ago and it works. But Larry went conventional
with his boat, mounting the mast on centerline and decking
in the front of the cabin. On a slot top cabin you use
a simple snap on tarp to cover the slot in rain or cold
Frolic2 was designed for rough water,
long and lean, especially in the bow, and with multiple
chines. She's really a takeoff of my Toto
canoe in shape. Larry omitted the motor well you see in
the lines, and the oarlocks too (The wind must blow just
right all the time in Oregon?) but I intended this to
be a multi skiff sort of boat with rowing and motoring
abilities. You can't row a boat of this size in any wind
or waves but in a calm you can travel far if you have
patience. I didn't fool around with a gadget motor mount
- I put the motor well right in the middle and offset
the rudder instead of the other way around. This worked
out very well on the high powered Petesboat.
We'll see how it goes on a narrow boat because the second
prototype is getting the blueprint well as you see in
the photo below of the Colorado Frolic2 still being built.
You need little power on a boat like this, 2 or 3 hp is
more than enough.
The lug rig is for quick easy stowing,
rowing, and towing. (The blueprint sail is actually the
same size and shape as that of a Bolger Windsprint, a
boat which weighs maybe a third as much as Frolic2 and
is much narrower. But I think the Windsprint might be
over sparred for its size and weight.) Larry reports the
rig is about right for the boat, sailing fine with a reef
in and three adults on a windy day. The lug sail can be
closer winded reefed than when full, perhaps because the
sail is then shorter and the yard better controlled (less
sail twist). For that matter a sharpie sprit sail the
same size as the lug might be smarter in rough water conditions
if you can live with the long mast. Switching rigs won't
be hard. The mast can be relocated almost anywhere in
the slot top without altering the hull to any degree.
You just need extra partner and step fittings.
Construction is with taped seams from
eleven sheets of 1/4" plywood and two sheets of 1/2"