./The sail - What kind of sail I can get my grubby little hands on controls how the boat is made\.

So, after first looking at the SFD website and seeing the JC-10, I fell in love. Secondly, I thought "How am I gonna power the little bugger?" There are a number of options.
  • Custom sails to my own specifications, on a custom rig. This would be best, but very expensive!
  • Custom sails on a second hand rig. Still expensive!
  • Second hand sails on a second hand/custom rig
Obviously, being the pikey I am, I'm going to get second hand kit. So, one option was to get a windsurfer rig and do some choppy choppy and sticky sticky. However, windsurfers being what they are have a very high center of effort, and require lots of two dimensional mast movement to work properly. Basically, they're not great for boats, especially ones prone to tipping over!

So my next option is to get second hand sails. I could go two ways here. One is to get a sleeve sail similar to a laser or topper. These sails slide over an unstayed mast, and keep life very simple. The alternative is to use a stayed mast that the sail is attached to in one of a variety of ways. This is more difficult to setup (more fixtures and fittings), but does allow a jib, and is a lot easier to get hold of cheaply. So now it's a case of waiting to see what turns up on ebay!

To help me decide on sails, I've been looking at what's available, and comparing and contrasting. Currently...
  • Topper - 5.2m² - Single main sail
  • Laser - 7.06m² - Single main sail
  • Laser Radial - 5.87² - Single main sail
  • Solo - 8.36² - Single main sail
  • Wanderer - 10.7m² - Main and Jib sail
  • Enterprise - 18m² - Main and Jib sail
  • Kestrel - 9.29m² - Main and Jib sail
  • OK - 8.95m² - Single main sail
  • Lark - 9.75m² - Main and Jib sail
Currently, the ones that are working for me most are the Laser, and the OK. The laser I can see going for quite a bit, as they're very much in demand. The OK sailes I think may be more realistically (for me) priced.

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Well, after a period of nigh on a year, my website is back online. I'll try and leave more details on my life shortly, but to summarise, I'm on a new host, the gallery is now based on flickr, and that's about it for the site! More to come in the future (including an easier to use colour scheme, some people don't like grey!)
Website Issues ./28 Oct 2007 13:37\.
I've just moved the site over to a new host, which (I hope) is substantially more reliable, and which definately gives me a lot more space! However, until I get the sub-domains moved over, and the database sorted, there may be a few issues. Deal with it :)
Website Issues ./28 Oct 2007 12:50\.
I've just moved the site over to a new host, which (I hope) is substantially more reliable, and which definately gives me a lot more space! However, until I get the sub-domains moved over, and the database sorted, there may be a few issues. Deal with it :)
PGCE ./09 Oct 2007 07:28\.
As most people now know, I am currently studying for a PGCE. This is a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Yes, I'm learning to become a teacher! Specifically, a secondary AICT teacher. It's good, I'm really enjoying the course, but as you may have noticed by the lack of recent posts, I'm very busy. More information will be forthcoming!
Digital Photoframes ./09 Oct 2007 07:24\.
My digital photo frame project is now defunct. Partly 'cos I broke the laptop I was using, but mainly because I have received two digital photo frames as presents. They're very pretty!
Digital Photoframe ./18 Jun 2007 04:25\.
I've always liked the idea of them, but (a) I resent paying for ANYTHING, and (b) the ones available commercially just don't seem to hit the spot. Read how I made my own here
Timelines ./15 Jun 2007 05:42\.
I've been playing with timelines recently, and have got SIMILE's timeline working. It's FUN! Check through my links to have a look at the timelines I'm creating at the moment!
New CMS ./01 May 2007 03:43\.
I've been working on my content management system a lot recently. I've adjusted the way a document set is saved on the server. They're now stored as what I refer to as stories, and the content is kept completely seperate to the display. This enables me to use a the in-built editor in the CMS to edit stories really easily. Good innit? You guys don't care, and probably won't see any difference, but I'm chuffed :)
XJ600 ./06 Mar 2007 01:24\.
I've acquired a new bike! A 1984 model Yamaha XJ600 Japanese import. The first Japanese 600s to come onto the market. Read the restoration story here.
Books books books ./16 Jan 2007 06:17\.
I've got a lot of books. I do mean a lot. So I'm selling loads off as most of them are stuff I never read/wanted/understood. And what better way to do this than to have a bit of interweb fun? So the cataloguing system uses a barcode reader and a lookup on both isbndb.org and amazon. This captures maybe 75% of the books (many are bizarre ones!). This is then going into a database, and I am working on an automatic script to post to gumtree. Also thinking about getting together with some friends who've purchased a large number of surplus books, and using something like abe to sell them in a more formal manner. I will of course also be setting up a website of my own for direct sales, as all the major ones (ebay, abe, amazon) charge a flippin' fortune! The website will be up at books.londonis.co.uk once it's ready.