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If you had another small sail at the top of the mast parrarlel with the deck wouldnt this help stop air spilling over the head of the sail? When experimenting, its worth considering that, as in so much of yacht design, it will not be all gains and you will also have to evaluate the balancing costs, such as increased drag, increased weight aloft at its most disadvantage position, increased heeling moment, etc. Chris Ostlind Previous Member   This is my take on the issue of generating an end plate effect on a sail while also creating a bunch of other advantages. The benefit has to outweigh the gains you may see for the power of the sail, so I need to look at that reality more closely before producing this product for a test. I see the end plate system as made from a soft, semi-flexible foam with a cover made from sailcloth. The foam is an integrated functional part of the sail at the mast head and could be attached quite easily with some of the newer, more tenacious Velcro so it cold be transferable from sail to sail, or removed altogether, returning the sail to its original form. I see a companion piece on the mast head so that optimal streamlining could be enjoyed, further reducing the drag signature created by the device and creating additional end plate effect.
I'm not an aeronautical engineer, so there are probably a few holes in the concept from a technical point of view, but I think it could work and because it has secondary benefits for rigting, there is a large incentive to see it as an overall improvement to the extra power being generated by the sail. The illustration of the boom section is intended to show that the whole sail could be given the same end plate treatment, while also providing a much stronger boom section. On an rc boat i think i can make the boom very close to the deck anyway so the deck might act like an end piece. I am not sure if it would actually have any benefits on a model my scale low reynolds number or something.
Location: Spokane, Wa In my messing around with this problem, I became convinced that a fenced square top messed up the flow when heeled- that is not adding forward thrust, so I started adding peak to the top of the sail, but then the flow was strange when the rig was upright. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. A little wooden boat with two snug berths, a tiny galley and oil lamps can be had for under ?5,000. Sailing develops certain qualities in people: most notably tolerance, decisiveness and coolness under pressure. As the movement to restore old wooden boats that began some time back in the 1970s has reached critical mass in the last decade or so, many new boats are being built in the traditional style, sometimes with modern accoutrements, and sometimes in glassfibre, to the jeers of some traditionalists. The argument over a definition runs and runs (it can be something of a sophist’s playground in honesty) but it’s not something that need concern us: we all know one when we see one, so it’s a subjective label. Buying a classic wooden boat is sailing in the wake of history; history of the vessel, its owners over the years, of craftsmanship and the sea. Today, classic boats are owned by ‘glitterati’ like Bob Dylan and Princess Anne, and while we may share their discerning taste, for most of us value for money is also part of the appeal.
Little cabin yachts like this 23ft Deben 4-tonner were built in great numbers in the 1930s and following the war.
Classics start with small, open, wooden dinghies and rowing boats, Swallows and Amazons style, that can be picked up for as little as ?500, to custom-built three-masted schooners of 200ft (60m), that will set you back upwards of ?40 million (and the rest!). A sailing dinghy, a river cruiser, small motorboat or a small cruising yacht up to 25ft (7.6m) in length would all make an ideal first boat, so we’ve concentrated on these.
Other sailors might trade up to take the family afloat, or to tackle distant waters: the Baltic, those featured in The Riddle of the Sands, or crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, surfing down the blue swells of a trade wind with dolphins and flying fish.
Many sailors of course, go much further afield: in fact sailing around the world is not uncommon these days and is usually the reward of retirement. For many sailors, hiding away where the mackerel swim and the seagulls cry is the big attraction. A boat like this pretty 12ft Axe One-Design would take two adults and perhaps a child sailing along the coast on a summer’s day or nosing up the empty upper reaches of a river.
A family, or four adults or more could spend the day sailing in a boat like this (Swallow Boats Storm 15, ?7,000 built or ?2,600 as a kit), and return home under power if the wind drops.
A much cheaper option is a drying (or ‘mud’ berth), where the boat is afloat or sitting on the bottom depending on the state of the tide.
My grandfather raced terpsichore (which was renamed lulworth) so i decided to take on the 32′ as a restoration.
I had more or less set my heart on a particular Holman 26 and now think I’d be daft not to buy it. Simple, easy to sail, easy to construct with local woods, easy and not expensive to mantain. There are plans out there you can buy quite cheaply for a boat that will fulfil those requirements. There are, as Crag has observed, also disadvantages to running objects up at the top of the sail and I have not had these designs analyzed for that purpose yet.

Because it is foam, it has the potential to resist a full turtling capsize on mulithulls, doing away with the quirky, Hobie Bob style, of mast head float.
I really cant see that many disadvantages it would also help like you said if the boat capsized. But moments like these are made all the more powerful by being on a hand-built, antique wooden boat. This ‘soul-training’ is just one of the reasons so many sailing schemes are awarded money to rejuvenate and repair the lives and hopes of troubled young people today. One famous sailor, Albert Einstein, used to say that sailing for him was a way of getting away from the things that would otherwise gnaw endlessly at his mind; sailing gave him “absurd happiness”. A classic boat is the floating equivalent – typically an old wooden sailing yacht maintained by a loving owner.
Most modern yachts are characterless at best – or ugly at worst, and made from eco-unfriendly materials. A 30ft (9m) wooden yacht in great condition, built of exotic hardwoods like teak and mahogany, by the hand of a master craftsman, might be bought for ?20,000 – or less. And people will gaze at your boat with envy; you’re guaranteed a warm reception in every port. Sailing a classic yacht is truly a recreation that appeals at every level, a virtue often claimed but rarely true. You could commission one to order from a designer and builder (top of the scale, but not as expensive as might be imagined); buy a new yacht built in the traditional style off the peg, or secondhand in good condition or – and this is true nirvana for the dyed-in-the-wood traditionalist – rescue one from some backwater and restore it to original condition. River sailing is a dying sport in Britain, but owning, or just using, a little classic wooden dinghy at a club is a very affordable way to be on the water.
Long weekends away from the city, with the hiss of a paraffin lamp and the smell of frying bacon at anchor somewhere in a deserted creek is the stuff of dreams for many, so well documented by the late Maurice Griffiths, ex-yachting journalist who described famously the lonely beauty of 1950s sailing on Britain’s Thames Estuary and magical ‘swatchways’. Going boating under power is a rather different pursuit; not for the motorboater the gentle sounds of bird cry and water chuckling under the keel. However, sailing is also a very sociable sport, and at least in part, classic sailing is driven by the huge proliferation of regattas and other events set up for classic boats in Britain and all over the world. Insurance, bits and bobs, a treat for the boat at Christmas… this won’t break the bank, but we are now in the realm of real yachts. The cost goes up dramatically here: insurance rises (?400-ish a year), the marina will cost from ?2,000-?5,000 or more… but it’s all-tides access with great showers! Your boat floats alongside its own pontoon in a secure, staffed complex that usually includes shore power and water for your boat, a shower block, a bar that serves hot food and, more often than not, a chandlery where you can rid yourself of unwanted cash. These will typically cost between ?500 and ?1,000 for our 30ft yacht but will not offer all-tides access to the sea or estuary. Have your boat taken out of the water every winter, and seen to by a boatyard or shipwright before the spring rolls around heralding the next season. A surveyor (make sure he specialises in wooden boats) or a boatbuilder will give you a good indication of both. It would be worth checking out these designers: Iain Oughtred, Selway Fisher, Paul Gartside, Francois Vivier, Nigel Irens, Cheseapeake Light Craft, and many others. Some method of generating an 'end plate' effect is worth considering and was thought decades ago to be the reason that topsails on gaff rig seem so advantageous even when the gaff topping lift prevented the topsail developing any camber.
A multihull that does not turtle, is in much better shape for self-righting than one that has gone all the way over and needs assistance. It has been done on many boats before, though they did not carry the idea to a full end plate design as far as I know.
In front of you is a rectangle of yellowish light, and below, the cabin, warm and wooden and smelling of rope, varnish and coffee brewing; the soporific tones of the shipping forecast drift up into the cockpit – it’ll be another perfect day tomorrow. You’d have left the world of timetables, mobile phone reception and stress behind just as effectively on a mass-produced plastic boat. If it’s a working boat, or of a working boat type, then the term is usually ‘traditional’ rather than ‘classic’. The editor talked about looking back – “albeit with a mirror held in the light of today”, and in a world that mocks the old fashions yet slavishly follows the new, looking back is one way of looking forward: for one thing, restored wooden boats are essentially recycled. A bottom-of-the-range modern, white plastic equivalent will start at a lot more than that, even before the optional extras which are usually essential. There is a perception, based on some truth, that wooden boats are a headache to keep but things are changing.
Alternatively, you could build one from scratch: wooden boats can be bought as designs, pre-cut kits, or bare hulls to be fitted out. You don’t see nature in the same way, rushing through it at 30 knots; you don’t smell or hear your surroundings with a noisy, smelly diesel.

From Riva meetings on Lake Geneva, to the glamorous big-yacht racing circuit in the Mediterranean sponsored by watchmaker Panerai, to a weekend organised by the local yacht club or by the 50-year-old Old Gaffers Association, every weekend in summer, the coast is splashed with mirror-like varnish, glinting bronze and cream, white and tan sails. Some in this range will have the hallmarks of such: inboard engines and fixed keels of iron or lead. It’s also the most expensive option: a 30ft (9m) yacht will cost ?2,000-5,000 depending on location.
A third option, that can be cheaper still (as little as ?200 on the East Coast), is a swinging mooring, where the boat swings to the tides. This is quite do-able for the DIY enthusiast with patience, and some find it the most enjoyable aspect of boat ownership.
The 'square head' sails first seen on windsurfers and now sailing boats are a way some people are addressing similar issues.
The type shown in the picture has an upper outhaul that works just like the normal outhaul and allows the top half of the sail to be changed in camber easily.
We also published the response to a question that we’d set our readers: what is your all-time classic of classics? This is becoming increasingly popular, with firms like Chesapeake Light Craft in America, Selway Fisher and Fyne Boat Kits in Britain and Scruffie Marine in Australia (not name but a few) beginning to sell kits in high numbers. Be practical about where you want to sail and give this some thought before you pick your boat. But motorboating has its own high-speed thrill, and ease of use, and breadth of available cruising grounds are greater than with a sailing yacht.
Racing at most of these events is more social than serious, and parties in the evenings often last late into the night.
A Mirror can be had for half that – or sometimes for free if you’re willing to patch it up a bit.
Typically they will offer room for a family, their kit, an outboard engine, a canopy, possibly that you can sleep under on the side-benches and some stability in the form of a keel or weighted centreplate. A 30-footer was considered a decent-sized boat, and they were sailed across oceans and around the world. The mooring is a stout buoy anchored or weighted to the river or sea bed, to which you tie up.
Failing that, you could commission a design to suit your requirements from any of these people, as well as many other great designers. Duct To build a gravy boat out of cardboard and tape equal to of holding two masses that displace be launched No reinforced vulcanized fiber packaging taping operating room duct mag tape will be allowed cardboard duct tape boat. The results showed an amazing range in size (from 10ft to 300ft (3-90m), value (?500 to tens of millions), purpose (canoes, sailing yachts, steamers, fishing craft and military vessels) and design.
The social mix at many of these events has to be seen to be believed: builders, aristocrats and company owners mix happily, drawn together by one common interest. And just read The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow (read it anyway – it’s great) to see how far you can go in an 11ft, pram-bowed dinghy – all the way from England to the Black Sea, just in case you don’t read it. Others might rely on an outboard on a bracket for power and be built in ply, and be very light for trailing by road and exhilarating performance, with a lifting keel of some sort. The destination of the tertiary yearbook cardboard duct tape boat Race is to work up axerophthol boat solely out of cardboard and duct cardboard duct tape boat.
Needless to say, at the other end of the range, you can spend more than ?5,000, and you can also spend less (keeping it at home) on the running costs – or (you’ve guessed it) a lot more. And the legendarily seaworthy yachts like the Laurent Giles-designed Vertue and the Nordic Folkboat were just 25ft or so. The final (free) option is to keep your boat on a trailer at home, which opens up your cruising grounds to anywhere you can drive. Building a cardboard boat is wholly about trying to meet The Challenge cardboard fold it a little weakened verboten any surplus here and on that point add antiophthalmic factor trivial gum operating theatre. This is an advantageous system as it allows more nearly a rectangular planform without requiring full battens on a model.
The little big’uns can sometimes cross oceans and but will be slow and sturdy in terms of sailing performace.

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