Thread: Motor Sailers
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:13 PM   #13
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City: Adelaide
Country: Australia
Vessel Name: Kokanee
Vessel Model: Cuddles 30 Pilot House Motor Sailer
Join Date: Jul 2012
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You're right Bruce, considerable thought needs to be put into it before adding a mast and sails.

I don't have an overly deep keel (3ft 2" draft) but I have lead ballast which the non-sail versions of this boat don't have. Also the sail area (600 ft2) is about 50% less than a traditional sailboat of this size. As mentioned earlier, my sail design has a low center of force which adds to minimizing heeling and the chance of a rollover.

Still - on some trawlers a retrofit could be done safely with some research and guidance, although the effort and expense may be hard to justify.

Daddyo - You may have to lose your lovely flybridge to get the sail area closer to the water, but I can understand your yearn for a steadying sail in the waters you travel.
I'm trying to picture it; maybe HH can help.
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