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S/Y "Kuling" - a Sharpie 600

Boating

Below the links is a description of the boat after it came into my possession.

Read more about..

..my summer 2011 with S/Y Kuling.

..background and preparations before the construction,
in Olle Jeppsson's own words.

..the construction in text and images,
also written by Jeppsson (Opens in new window).

..Sharpie 600 on the designer's (Björn Thomasson's) website
(Opens in new window).

 

The boat (watch the video)

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Some years ago I read about the Sharpie 600 on Björn Thomasson's website. The precursor was the canoe and kayak building I was looking for, but this little sailboat caught the interest immediately. However, the housing situation made such a project impossible at that time.

In 2009 this changed. The interest in the boat had persisted, but to go ahead with a project like this without some experience with boat building seemed daunting. So when I randomly found "Kuling" for sale on Blocket.se in April 2011, I instantly contacted the seller/builder, Olle Jeppsson. After a few days, the agreement was signed. 6. of May I rented a trailer and picked up the boat in Malmö, Sweden.

The gaff rigged boat has a classic look, but built with modern materials, mainly plywood, fiberglass and epoxy. At least 16 copies are built worldwide, and approx. 10 are under construction.

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Pocket cruiser

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Mastetopp

The boat is best described as a "Pocket Cruiser", a boat containing facilities and equipment a "real" cruiser is equipped with, but in mini format. Normally the size is 15'-20 '. Pocket cruisers are very popular in USA and Australia, but less known in Norway. Some of the criteria for a Pocket cruiser are:

• Easy to transport on a trailer
• Sleeps at least two adult persons
• Space to cook
• Living space for luggage and equipment

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Finishing the boat

Mastetopp

Olle Jeppsson had started a few projects on the boat that had to be completed before the launching. Among other he had been almost ready to lead the mainsail falls aft to the cockpit. I just needed to install the already finished parts, and replace the ropes. The choice fell on Spunflex-rope as this rope looks quite classic. Moreover, it is reasonable, and quite acceptable tensile strength.

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On the water

Jomfrutur

One day in mid-June, the boat got in water for the first time in six years. The mast was, after some blushing toil, raised. To become familiar with the boat I motored a couple of trips. I am very familiar with small boats with outboard motor, and the difference to the sail boat was evident. It is far harder to control, and shifting light in waves, especially when they come obliquely from the front or rear. Besides that, with bowsprit, mast and rigging, much "more" is moving in waves. But I did learn to "read" the sea, being at the forefront of every wave, and move the tiller carefully to avoid the pendulum effect.

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First time sailing

For someone who has never touched a sail all his life, it's an exciting and slightly scary moment when the sail is about to be raised for the first time. I went far out on the fjord, out of sight of curious spectators, and far from all dangerous . I had read some sailing theory and practice online, but it is only in the field, you get tried. Certainly, the boat small, but with great NOK sail surface to create chaos if we, as a beginner, you lose control.

Jomfrutur

After half an hour to-do-or-not-to-do, I put the boat into the wind, provided that the deed could run free, and pulled gently on the mainsail halyards (on a gaff rigged boat there are two: The throat halyard close to the mast, and the peak halyard near the middle of the gaff) .

The sail went slowly upwards, the wind took hold, and I dropped the boat by approx. 45 degrees. I tightened the mainsheet gently and felt the indescribable feeling that probably all sailors know the first time. The engine was turned off, and I had momentum. The jib stayed down (this was before the furler was installed, and I was already busy enough), but the boat did about 4-5 knots on reach. Tacking went relatively smoothly, and I trained by crossing back and forth a few times before I called it the day. A fantastic new hobby was born.

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Lazy jacks

Lazyjacks

To bring down the mainsail in the fresh air and wrap it nicely along the boom without losing half of it in the water, proved to be a challenge. A little web surfing gave inspiration to a set of self-constructed lazy jacks (the prototype was made of flag line and wooden rings from a hobby shop). They worked flawlessly throughout the rest of the summer.

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Furler

Rull oppe
Rull nede

After some training, the jib also had to be used. It was again a challenge for an inexperienced sailor. Walking on the deck in high seas isn't the small boat designed for, so I decided quickly to install a furler.

I found a suitable system of www.rullfock.se. It was designed so that I did not have to modify the sail. It could be clipped directly onto the forestay in the usual way. This system allows both stay and halyard to roll simultaneously, and thus "dragging" the sail around. An excellent system. Now I finally was finally able to control the entire boat "single-handed" from the cockpit.

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Lounge cushions

Puter
Salong 1
Salong 2
Salong 3

Comfortable accommodation in the boat depends on a good mattress. Lounge cushions was not included with the purchase, but it was pretty easy to make them myself.

Two boards mattresses and two curtains of fine material was purchased. Template for the pillows were made from newspapers, and so it was just to go ahead and cut away with a bread knife.

Curtain fabric was wrapped around and cut pretty rough. Finally I attached eyelets around the fabric edges on the back, put some flag line across, and thus I had a set of excellent lounge cushions.

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Read more about..

..my summer 2011 with S/Y Kuling.

..background and preparations before the construction,
in Olle Jeppsson's own words.

..the construction in text and images,
also written by Jeppsson (Opens in new window).

..Sharpie 600 on the designer's (Björn Thomasson's) website
(Opens in new window).

 

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