If the winds around you are strong…
In the waters around Cape Cod, the winds are often gusty. Buzzard’s Bay, off one of our flanks, is known for its “afternoon hurricane.” If I lived in a place with milder winds, my thinking might have been different but one afternoon in 2004, I borrowed a Sunfish rig and improvised a way to hang it from my standard Potter 15 mast. It heeled much less than the standard rig and pointed quite well. At the time, I was campaigning my Potters in waters all around the USA and writing about the boats in several magazines. Consequently, I had a sweetheart deal with the company. I’d design some interesting variants of the Potters, sail them in all sorts of photogenic locations, write about them…and keep the boat. So I convinced the company to try a lateen Potter.
A PVC tube was drilled through the cabin’s forward edge and glassed to the floor of the bilge and to the cabin overhead. The mast was socketed into that. No stays. The halyards were routed through blocks flanking the mast, to cleats at the aft-cabin bulkhead. They made no other changes.
We got the boat just before departing for an expedition to the Rocky Mountain lakes. HMS Marine shipped me the boat with a sail cut back from the standard 75 square feet to 55. I never understood why—and got a full-sized sail made as soon as I returned.
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POTTER WITH A LATEEN RIG?
Our editor-at-large Larry Brown is 75 now…an increasingly ancient mariner. He’s sailed various Potters since the early 1990s.
Reborn as a Camp-Cruiser
The Joy of it All
Choosing a Boat Design
Sitting hove-to in 30 knots of wind was not how I anticipated spending my opening day.
RECONSIDERING ROSIE'S RIG
It was a typical hot Mississippi day when I walked into the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to cool off. I had just spent two hours bent in half while working inside the cabin of my West Wight Potter 15. I was stiff and drenched in sweat but feeling proud of myself. I had just turned Rosie into a lateen-rigged catboat.
When we were kids, we had a cocker spaniel aboard during summer cruises. The dog apparently had a massive bladder, but we kids were happy to row her ashore when nature called. We thought boating with a pet was terrific…but did our folks have a voice in the matter?
Some fiberglass boats, like Boston Whaler skiffs and MacGregor power-sailers, are built with integral flotation foam between the inner and outer laminations. Roger MacGregor was willing to flood his water-ballasted boats just to prove that they would not sink—and you can still find his old sales videos if you want to see for yourself. (youtube.com/ watch?v=hemNdJmzQBo)
MAKING THE SWITCH
Following are some methods for adding a Lateen rig to a Potter 15. Most of the photos are of my boat, but some clever ideas from others are included as well.
FIVE QUESTIONS: Richard Woods
Sailing experience with Richard Woods
Core Sound Cruising
Hmmm. I’m in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a nifty camp-cruiser sailboat on a trailer. I have a daughter on a sailing lake in Michigan, and another daughter on Long Island Sound in Connecticut.
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Some world leaders and internet giants are expected to issue a global call to better protect children online during a Paris summit of about 30 heads of state and government, including U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris, the French presidency said on Thursday.
The Tractor War
If you buy a machine—be it a smartphone or a combine—you should be able to fix it, right? Big Tech says no. Ordinary Joes say yes. Witness the biggest battle in the right-to repair movement, being fought on farms across America.
THESE PENS ARE MIGHTER
SIGN YOUR NAME OR FEND OFF AN ATTACKER. SOME PENS CAN DO DOUBLE DUTY
SIMONE SPEWS BILE OVER NASSAR COVER-UP
TEARFUL Olympic gymnastics great Simone Biles broke down during her heartrending testimony on Capitol Hill as she accused the FBI of covering up the crimes of disgraced doctor and convicted kiddie-toucher Larry Nassar!
Two by Two
Two husband-and-wife teams create businesses and lives they love.
MIKE’S SHOOTIN’ SHACK
Mustang ACE of ACES - MAJOR GEORGE E. PREDDY
Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE RAF (Ret.), a former Royal Air Force fighter pilot, tells the story of USAAF fighter pilot and top-scoring Mustang ace George E. Preddy.
MIAMI BEACH, FL
THE GIFT OF COCHISE
TRUE WEST’S HISTORICAL CONSULTANT FONDLY REMEMBERS HIS MOST TREASURED BIRTHDAY GIFT.
THE ICONIC AMAZING ARTIST
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