Saturday, June 5, 2010
The "BLACK FLY" Dinghy 7: First Sail
Unloading was really easy. The thing only weighs about 30 lbs and was easy to move from the car roof to the dock. With gear loaded in the dinghy I rowed around to where my boat is moored, and installed the mast, boom, sail, and rudder in an adjoining empty slip.
As there is no floatation in it yet, I strapped two PFD's under the main thwart ... just in case. Other safety gear included my own PFD, a waterproof hand-held VHF radio, and a bailing bucket .... oh yes, and a roll of duct tape!
With a head wind coming into the Bay, I had an enjoyable beat up to the mouth, taking about an hour. She points quite well, and tacks very quickly. Turning around at the mouth of the Bay, I had a good ten minute run back to my slip. She really flys in a light breeze!
Towing the 'FLY
Next on my list is to master the art of landing on a rocky beach without damaging the hull!