Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A previous build - the Rx1

The picture to the left is of a sailing skiff I built a few years back (Rx1). Unfortunately I didn't really do enough development work on it and so didn't do it justice.

I had planned to add small buoyancy pods to make sailing upright in light winds easier but after some rudder problems I moved onto another project. I really must try to stick with one thing!!

The hull was made from closed cell foam (XPS) reinforced with ply and fibre glass. The outrigger frame was very light, made from 1.6mm aloy tubing.

I put my latest skiff build on the weighing scales the other day and it came in at 18Kg. By the time I have finished I expect the hull weight to come in at around 20Kg. A Laser Pico weighs 60Kg so it is quite a light hull.

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