Portland Pudgy safety boat, life boat Sailing Dinghy FAQs

Improvements

Sail Kit Specs

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Use with Exposure Canopy

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Improvements

In 2010 we  made substantial changes to the sailing dinghy rig. The sail is bigger (40.9 sq. ft.) and has a window. (You can reef the sail up or down to reduce sail size.) The rudder post is stronger and more rugged. The new telescoping boom is rigid aluminum. We offer longer, performance leeboards as well as the standard leeboards. All of this makes the Portland Pudgy sailing go faster, come into the wind better, and it's even more fun to sail! Back to top.

Sail Kit Specs

The Portland Pudgy sailing dinghy has a gaff rig.  It includes:    

Telescoping (aluminum) 8-foot mast, two position with push-button release

●  Gaff (aluminum)

Telescoping boom with yoke and out-haul jamb cleat

●  Sail, 4.5 oz Dacron, high performance. 40.9 sq. ft. Window for visibility. Reefs up when used w/ exposure canopy, creating unique proactive life boat.  Reefs down if sailing in strong winds.

●  Kick-up rudder (three-position), rudder post (stores under rear seat), and aluminum tiller with stainless steel rudder/tiller connector and soft foam hand grip

●  Gudgeons with pintle-lock mounted on transom

●  Rigging lines, Harken carbon blocks, and traveler line with jamb cleat (mounted on Pudgy)

●  Two leeboards (standard or performance, same price).  Standard store under rear seat, recommended for survival system. Performance lee-boards (35 long) store under middle seat.

●  Storage bag for sail, mast, gaff, and boom

●  Installation of sailing rig hardware when purchased with boat.

For a photo of sailing dinghy components, see Leeboard Choice, below.   Back to top.

Leeboard Choice

Q. Why does the Portland Pudgy sailing dinghy offer a choice between long (performance) or standard leeboards?

A. The Pudgy was designed as a proactive lifeboat that can be sailed to safety, and needed to be a self-contained unit. The standard leeboards stow neatly under the stern seat (along with the kick-up rudder).

The long leeboards can be Velcro strapped under the middle seat. They cover the hand-holds in the middle seat, which are very useful for climbing into the boat from the water.  Back to top.

How does the sail kit stow inside the dinghy?

All of the Portland Pudgy safety boat's accessories (sail kit, survival system gear, sea anchor, and more) are designed to stow within the boat.

The mast, gaff, boom, sail, and tiller stow inside the hull storage compartment. You slide the bundle in through the transom hatch. (See photo below.) The rudder and standard leeboards stow neatly under the rear seat. The performance leeboards can be strapped under the middle seat.

The sailing dinghy rig is designed so that you can set it up while on the water.

Removing the sail kit (mast, gaff, boom, sail, and tiller) from hull storage.

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How does the sailing dinghy rig work with the exposure canopy?

The mast fits through an opening in the front window of the exposure canopy. 

The sail is reefed up, to fit above the exposure canopy. The photo on the far right shows the full sail (unreefed) The center photo shows the sailing dinghy rig in place with the canopy. Note that the middle canopy section must be zipped open when sailing. Obviously, the sail kit should not be used until conditions have calmed. Back to top.

Portland Pudgy proactive lifeboat, exposure canopy and reefed sail kit in place.

Portland Pudgy sailing dinghy with full (unreefed) sail.

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