|Flint, showing a handsome profile....|
|.....and her deep and sharp entry lines|
|Here she is with a very heavy load, doing 6.1 knots (by GPS) with a Yamaha 2 hp at reduced throttle|
|Flint's standard rig|
|Alec Morgan's widely travelled Flint, here displaying her surprisingly successful Crab Claw rig|
|Flint on the east coast of USA showing off her ex-sailing canoe rig|
Brian Guzas built a Flint in America, and he was one of a number of people who asked about the possibility of rigging her with an un-stayed balance lug rig. I did some extra drawings for such an arrangement, but I had to lose the forward rowing location in order to fit a foredeck, buoyancy compartment, and mast partner. Brian finished his boat, and here are some photos of the result.
|Brians boat, Keel Basa, displaying her foredeck and buoyancy compartment|
|Brian looking relaxed|
|Keel Basa running downwind with her free-standing rig|
I helped Adam rig his boat, and I very diplomatically (I think) told him not to expect too much from his home-made sail, but I had to eat humble pie, as the boat performed extremely well on her first sailing outing.
|That is me trying out the standard rig for the first time. A pivoting tiller extension would be helpful.|
|In the gusts she was easily managed, and the flaring sides kept her surprisingly dry despite the lack of side decks.|
|Neither Adam nor I are light-weights, but the boat sailed fast and remained dry in the gusty conditions. The water was a lot more choppy than the photos indicate.|
Flint can be built from only four sheets of 6mm (1/4") ply, plus a small amount of 12mm (1/2") ply for rudder, daggerboard and transom.