The leeboards prevent sideways drift and help small SIBs stay on course even when rowing in a strong wind. I wanted two, one either side of the F Rib but also wanted them to be independent of each other so I can put the windward board down and keep the other up to assist reducing drag..or have both down when sailing towards the wind.
Mine are made from the paddles of a retired SIB and an old broom handle which is a good fit inside the aluminium paddle shaft. This allows the paddle to rotate up and down. I will attach the leeboard cross piece to the seat so I can also slide the seat fore and aft until I find the sweet spot when the leeboard’s position are balanced with the sail ...so I don’t get lee helm when under full sail. That covers the lee board construction.
They are out the way for rowing in both up and down position. I will hold them in the down position with elastic shock cord in case I hit shallow water. This will allow them to come up. The photos should show what my words fail to do
The lee board assembly dismantled for transport
The lee boards in the raised position
The windward lee board half way down ..vertical will be full down
Next on the workbench will be the mast, rudder and sail ........
Thanks Maximus .. and yup..Im perfectly healthy so Im not sitting around moping that I cant go outside for fear of the virus or because its cold outside. IMO Not much chance of catching or spreading it out alone in a boat so it is the best place for me.
Once I get the virus ..then I will sit around for a while until I can shake it off or it shakes me off .. but until then its life as normal for me except for wearing a nose bag in the supermarket or following travel restrictions when enforced by law. I was always an unsocial bugger anyhoo..so well used to social distancing..even before the pandemic and the fact others want to stay at least 2 meters away is like a dream come true for me.
Thanks Smallribber ..I use Cyberlink Powerdirector ..IMO its good value and most important ..there are great youtube tutorials on how to use it. Cameras I use are Gopro Hero 5 and a Sony AX53 camcorder. However the best tip I can give is not about editing software or cameras ..it is making a video that tells a story. However Im still learning techniques and presentation myself.
Thanks Limecc. Im no expert but I don’t think electric outboards are allowed unless the loch owner gives permission ?
Quotes from Access Code with section number in bracket.
Access rights cover “canoeing, swimming, rowing, windsurfing, sailing, diving” (2.7)
Access right don’t cover “the use of any powered craft on water” (2.14)
You will find the full access code at this link https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.s...ess%20Code.pdf
I can confirm the owners of some lochs have no problem with petrol or electric outboards etc while some owners do. However no owner can refuse as long as you follow the access code. It is not about pollution by petrol although many owners will use that as an excuse to throw you off.
If in doubt contact the owner or body who looks after the water ..in my case it is the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park authority.
Hope that helps some