The Snow Pea is ludicrously stable with the outrigger fitted. This was just a brief test run, but everything went just fine. I’m uploading video now, but the site is already partly updated with some photos.
She (the Snow Pea) is a sweet little boat - I really am in awe of the craftsmanship that Mangetout has demonstrated. When summer comes, she’ll be great for a wander down the river. And I can imagine Mangetout with a line out to catch something (apparently anything) to eat.
I almost brought a net with me this time - at this launch and the previous, I could see quite large fish swimming near the surface around the boat - I reckon now that the stability is solved, it shouldn’t be completely impossible just to scoop a couple of them out and take them home for tea.
Well done. How is it to paddle on the outrigger side? It looks a little awkward with the arms for the outrigger fore and aft of you. I’m guessing it may be easiest to paddle on the other side with a J-stroke to keep you straight.
It’s actually not all that bad - I originally thought I would mount the outrigger on a single stout bar emerging perpendicular to the central rib, but decided on this design specifically to make room for paddle clearance (also the triangular layout means I could use slimmer, lighter timbers and still have it nice and strong.
The pylons are set above the edges of the decks and although they converge fairly sharply, there’s ample available stroke length between the main hull and the outrigger nacelle.
I do need to spend a bit more time on the water getting the feel of the boat though - much of the relaunch trip consisted of not quite being in control.
I think I made my paddle blade too large though - I might have to tweak that a bit.
Thanks for the encouragement - I think you’re right - I just need to get in some practice - maybe on a still body of water so I can understand the movement of the boat, without the confounding factor of a river flow.