MIXER2 ROW/SAIL SKIFF, 12' X 45";
90 Lbs. empty
Eventually I tweaked Mixer to have a "through
the water" bow. It's the same change that Roar went
through to become Roar2. I called the new boat Mixer2 and
here are some lines of it.
The rest of the boat is identical to Mixer
although it appears that I fined up the stern a bit too.
I suppose that the original Piccup is about 70% sailboat
and 30% rowboat, Mixer is about 50/50, and Mixer2 is about
70% rowboat and 30% sailboat. From the Roar experience I
would expect Mixer2 will row a hair slower than Mixer in
smooth water, but have the advantage everywhere else. It
will track straighter in a crosswind and be faster in waves.
So there is a bit of a choice.
There was a Mixer2 built by Ray Gallagher of Conifer, Co.
He is still learning to sail. Here is his Mixer2 afloat
on a mountain pond.
The paper photos show the details better
and I can say that Ray did a first class job on the boat!
We really don't have a sailing or rowing report.
In this photo you see a child and woman with the boat trimmed
stern down. The transom is still mostly clear of the water
and I'd bet the boat would go pretty well even trimmed this
It's worth looking at the sail a bit and noting that it
could be hoisted higher, and I would do that. The sail on
Ray's boat is the same small 55 square foot sail as on the
original Piccup as shown in the title box photo. I am in
the habit when sailing an unreefed balanced lugsail of hoisting
it all the way to the top. I guarantee that everything that
happens in sailing will conspire to drop it down so you
need to start with it all the way up. With these little
ones there is no need for a mast head pulley - just run
the halyard through a well polished and waxed hole. So here
is how I would set one of these. First loosely set up the
tack line and the loop that locates the boom to the mast.
Then haul the sail up all the way up and cleat off the halyard.
(If you haven't loosely set the tack line first then the
sail might fly around like a kite.) Then reset the tack
line as hard as you can, you can hardly over do it. Usually
when you set it up properly this way you will see, with
no wind in the sail, a tension fold running from tack to
peak in the sail. Usually when the wind fills the sail that
fold will disappear and you will get a smooth tight sail.
In these photos of Ray's
Mixer2 you can see a tension fold running the other way,
from throat to clew. That's not good for sail trim. Probably
needs more tension on the tack line. (You could also retention
the halyard for the same effect but the tack line is usually
easier.) The lack of tension will cause the sail to twist
in use, spilling the wind, making the top of the sail area
more or less useless.
I'm not picking on Ray. He'll get it right.