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Re: Jimmy skiff resizing
Posted by Laszlo on May 26, 2006
Even scaled up 10% the Jimmy Skiff would still be a tight fit for the crew you describe because of the pointy bow. The front few feet of a sharpie are not a good place to put a lot of weight. There's less room and less buoyancy. Any large weight you put up there will make the bow plow through the water.
You'd be better off building a John's Sharpie. It's 4 feet longer than even a scaled-up Jimmy, and the cat ketch sailing rig will be better balanced than a scaled-up sail on a scaled-up Jimmy.
Another alternative would be to build 2 Jimmy's - one for you & your wife, the other for your kids. Teenagers love independence and it will give them a chance to really learn sailing by doing it themselves. If you build from plans, you could even stack the plywood and cut out both sets of parts at once.
In Response to: Jimmy skiff resizing by Éric on May 25, 2006