I built this boat wanting something with a bit more shape to the bottom than the Pocket Cruiser. It also helped me refine my skills with stitch and glue that I started with Pack Rat. Again, I didn’t really stick with the plans going with a daggerboard instead of centerboard, different seating arrangement, and a gaff sail. I also tried graphite in the epoxy as my final coat with a tan interior making the boat color similar to that of little gem donuts hence the name. This boat did turn out to be a little gem taking me safely through lots of sailing experiences.
I sailed it for a long while as an open boat but then got infected by the look of Catboats. So, I ended up modifying this boat to catboat form by moving the mast forward, adding a deck, and putting in a lot of brightwork. These modifications weren’t all done at once but over time. I brought Little Gem with me on the move from Ohio to Georgia and, once there, experienced the shoal waters in Florida which encouraged me to switch to a centerboard rather than daggerboard.
What I had after all the modifications was a small cruising boat with a sleeping platform forward with storage under, a dodger creating a dry cabin, and a roomy cockpit. I used this boat in the first ever Florida 120, which I founded. This is a cruise in company in the Pensacola area of Florida. I also attended the Cedar Keys messabout where Matt Layden encouraged me to use this boat in the Everglades Challenge. During the 2011 Everglades Challenge I found the boat was more able than the skipper and I ended up beaching in high wind and waves and calling it quits. Now, with more coastal experience under my belt, I know I should have taken a break then continued and I would have done fine.
Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a
few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than
that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.
I have a question about C12 sheet D224/5. I have requested membership to the bateau forum
but they did not activate my account for 2 days.
Bogazici University Dept. of Physics
I don’t have any affiliation with bateau.com. Only advice I can give is to try again and make sure you provide enough information so that they know you are interested in building their boat and not just trying to get access to their member’s list.
Would you be willing to share your sail plan and mast position/angle that you used? You made the C12 look really sharp like that.
I am sorry it took me four years to see your message. Do you still want the information on Little Gem?