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Thread: Sailboat in the boot of a Smart 450

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    Sailboat in the boot of a Smart 450

    Of course it can be done.



    Inflatable bought many years ago for 30. I once rowed that boat from Greece to Turkey.

    Using steering oars oars instead of tiller and rudder.



    Above pieces are for my steering oar pins. 3 mm aluminium plate shaped by hammer and vice.



    Above photo shows completed steering oar pins. TIG welded M12 bolt hex heads to 6 mm flat bar. Welds are as welded without any grinding.

    Need of course some kind of keel if I do not want to slip side ways. These are my leeboards. They will be fitted each side of the boat.



    Blades made from cement asbestos sheet for weight. Note the fine Lidl yacht varnish finish.

    Both mast and spars are sectioned and held together with spring buttons just like tent poles, see next post.
    Last edited by tolsen; 24-08-2017 at 08:08 AM.
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    Spring buttons made out of 303 stainless bar and 316 TIG rod



    Sail being made tomorrow if I can figure out how to operate my borrowed Lidl sewing machine. Maiden voyage will be on Loch Kinord near Dinnet. The whole kit can be carried on bicycle.
    Last edited by tolsen; 24-08-2017 at 08:09 AM.
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    Which Royal do you have and how is she/he going to break the Champagne bottle on the bow?

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    It'll be like sailing through treacle in a inflatable

    Which Royal do you have and how is she/he going to break the Champagne bottle on the bow?
    He's already said .... Lord Kinord of Dinnet (whoever he is)

    oh wait , must get my specs changed.
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    Inspired by Jim Luckett of sailboats2go:

    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Made a rudimentary sail today out of an old rotten tarp. Discovered I am no seamstress although learning fast. Tarp sail is not pretty but will work for the maiden voyage. Photos to follow.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    The interesting part is how the mast can stay upright on an inflatable base, but i do note the bracing around the boat.

    It is amazing it can take it, as when I do some fibreglass sail boating in the Loch near me, I see the forces acting on the mast, and they are quite substantial.

    Well done, it looks a good portable design

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    Isn't some kind of keel required for a sailboat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerj View Post
    Isn't some kind of keel required for a sailboat?
    That depends how close to the wind you are going to try to sail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerj View Post
    Isn't some kind of keel required for a sailboat?
    The Scottish skinflint mentions his awareness of needing a keel in post 1
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