My adventures and probably misadventures in building "Vertigo" a custom racing sailboat
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Happy New Year!!!
Happy New Year everyone!! Hopefully 2011 will be the year Vertigo get's to go sailing! Christmas time is always busy for our family but I still managed to squeeze in some time here and there to keep the boat project moving forward. These are some pictures of the grid structure I've been working on. These structures will support the keel loads as well as the load from the mast. I'm really happy with how everything is coming together and how stiff the floor area is getting. This first picture is looking forward. The floor area around the aft part of the keel box will be at the level of the aft berths. Then forward of this
area the floor drops about 6 inches. Along each side of this lower area there will be benches that run from the aft berths to the v berth area. Although you can't stand in this boat, the benches will allow for very comfortable sitting headroom. Also along the starboard bench up at the v-berth will be a small sink and a place to hang my new jet-boil camping stove I got for Christmas!
This boat has never been built but what I'm hoping for is that if an old T-bird and a sexy little I550 got together, this boat would be their love child. For more info, check out the history section at the begining of this blog.
The boat is 26' feet long and 8' wide. With it's hard chines and tons of sail area it should go very well to windward--even in light air. I'm planning on a huge asymetrical chute for downwind which with the boats flat botom should get it planing very easily. Hopefully it'll be fast and fun!