A traditionally inspired . sailboat for Bear, This stoutly built sailing vessel is stiff enough to hold up to a bear size gale, enabling her to venture far from the protected waters of the local pond, and out into the bay, or even ocean, for long range sailing in open water. Designed by Gary Webb, the renowned full size ocean cruising boat builder, this vessel is worthy of the Bearospace name. Performance is as always, by design. A lot more engineering, calculations, and experience have gone into "IRENE" than most other . Sailboats! Built from inexpensive materials such as doorskin plwood, and epoxy, all but a few parts are available at the local hardware store. This keeps costs at a minimum, and build time in days or weeks, not months or years like some boat models.
An optional sail plan with a gaff main sail is included with the “Irene” plan set.
Also included are patterns for a skiff and a dory, either of which might serve as a dinghy for “Irene”.
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In sailboats , keels use the forward motion of the boat to generate lift to counteract the leeward force of the wind. The rudimentary purpose of the keel is to convert the sideways motion of the wind when it is abeam into forward motion. A secondary purpose of the keel is to provide ballast. Keels are different from centreboards and other types of foils in that keels are made of heavy materials to provide ballast to stabilize the boat. Keels may be fixed, or non-movable, or they may retract to allow sailing in shallower waters. Retracting keels may pivot (a swing keel) or slide upwards to retract, and are usually retracted with a winch due to the weight of the ballast. Since the keel provides far more stability when lowered than when retracted (due to the greater moment arm involved), the amount of sail carried is generally reduced when sailing with the keel retracted.