I am new to this group, and had the pleasure of meeting some of you a few weeks ago at the Michigan Challenge finish.
I am interested in assembling a class 3 tandem sailing canoe with outriggers and at least 44 sq ft or so of sail. The purpose would be coastal camp cruising and events such as Michigan Challenge Tip of the Mitt or Everglades Challenge. My wife and I have sailed our Old Town Penobscot 16 canoe for several years with a 44 sq ft lateen ACA rig or more recently with a 44 sq ft balanced lugsail. We use float bags, no cover and no outriggers, so it has been for daysailing, not really expedition ready.
We are considering a Kruger Cruiser as the hull. We are in discussion with Mark on this. I'm open to suggestion on alternatives, but I am not aware of any other tandem partial-deck canoes that are commercially made.
I am interested in advice on design and construction of the outriggers. I have seen the Balogh BOSS rig. I believe the Balogh website says the standard BOSS outrigger is not big enough for their 5sq m sail, so I'm interested in something more substantial.
I have seen Macatawa's EC 2012 XCR canoe, http://bensboats.blogspot.com/ , which looks excellent. I would like to do something similar. He told me he would like his amas to be longer, but I was not able to ask him why.
I have seen Chief's Tridarka Raider ama
These are large at 14 or 16 ft long, and appear to be carefully designed with rocker and largest cross-section forward.
Macatawa forwarded this article to me earlier: http://watertribe.com/<wbr>Magazine/Y2004/M08/<wbr>DougCameron.aspx </wbr></wbr>
Very inspiring; they used an enormous amount of sail with a BOSS outrigger, depending on live ballast. They did report sinking the outrigger into a wave and bending it, although under fairly extreme conditions.
I have also seen various arrangements for aka (crossbar) attachments, varying from a built-in tube thwart to clamped-on brackets. It seems that it would be good to be able to use a spray cover on a canoe along with the sailing rig. Perhaps the brackets could be raised an inch or two above the gunwales so that the spray cover could fit under, and all sailing lines and cleats could be attached to the bracket above the spray cover?
I would appreciate any input or advice on design considerations for this type of class 3 boat with inflatable amas. Ama design and selection, aka diameter and wall thickness, aka attachment. I realize this may have been discussed previously, so any links to previous discussions or online resources would be appreciated.
Hope to see you on the water at some point.