I started building a John Welsford Pathfinder in July 2008. The boat was completed in Oct, 2010.

This blog now records our use of the boat, but documentation of building the boat can be found in the archives.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Sail

It was a hot day on canyon lake.  Very nice wind, though shifting directions quite often.  Our boat has sailed more than 100 miles so far and I haven't found any major problems.  A couple of adjustments here and there are always necessary of course.  

We sailed to a different island today, much larger and a little more difficult to find the beach for landing.  It was nice to go for a swim to cool down.

We sailed 10.5 miles today.  With the consistent wind, we had an average speed of 4.2 mph, apparently hitting 8mph at some point.  That's probably a wild data point, but I did see us moving well above 6 and sometimes above 7mph on a reach, indicating the boat was planing a little bit.  

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