Some sailing

Late post as usual but this post is about last September and first test sailing with the Blade. It took quite amount of time to finish her to be ready for getting wet and after cutting some corners (i.e. temporary adjustments) everything was ready for some sailing.

Ready to be rigged
Setting up last bits of rigging on Saturday 15th of September she was ready to be launched on 16th with only main sail. Even with only one sail I was pretty happy with myself as the picture below shows ;).

First time on water

We sailed few hours, just trying to get some feel about new boat. Because the wind was pretty light we didn’t get to fly the hull just yet.

Some sailing Some sailing 2

Next weekend I got also the spi rigged. The jib was left for next spring because I didn’t have enough time to work with boat, I promised to my wife that sailing season ends at the end of September (our first child was born in early October). The spi snuffer was too tight and thus snuffing the spi wasn’t fast enough, so it needs to be replaced during winter.

Rigging spi

I didn’t have a camera with me when we tested the spi on water, but again on Sunday 23rd of September the wind was pretty light, maybe around 6 knots on gusts. We measured 12.3 knots on the GPS and flew some hull with the crew on leeward hull :). So the sailing tests were successful but there is still rigging stuff to do during the winter. I’m also committed to do some repainting so that the finishing will look better. On top of this I need to redo my bottom/rudder of my keel boat and do some DN sailing… Boy my winter seems to be busy ;).

6 Responses to “Some sailing”

  1. Hristo Says:

    I saw that you have made a boat based on Phil’s plans. are the plans detailed enough? How heavy is the boat made like this and in what scale do the plans come?

  2. valtteri Says:


    The plans contain a notebook with building instructions and 1:1 drawings of the bulkheads, so there is no offsets included. Also foils or mast plans are not included in the plans. The instructions are quite detailed and suitable for first time builder.

    I did built the whole hulls from 4 mm plywood (I couldn’t get 3 mm marine ply) and also I had some problems with plywood quality (meaning more filler), so my hulls weight quite much (around 31 kg’s each), also my mast weights 15.6 kg’s bare tube (carbon should be less than 10 kg’s, selfmade little bit over 10 kg’s). My total sailing weight is 121 kg’s which is 17 kg’s over class minimum. I believe that there is easy 4 to 5 kg’s extra in each hull (meaning that I could get that off if I would build next set of hulls) but getting to class minimum takes exceptional skill at least with aluminium mast.

  3. David Nilsson Says:

    Ive been looking allover how to order the plans but cant find it.
    Could You provide the info, website, mail, anything how to get in contact with the designer. Thank you from David in Sweden.

  4. valtteri Says:

    Hi David,
    I sent Phill Brander’s contact information to your email.

  5. Luiz Says:

    Valtteri, good morning. I’m interested in building a blade F16, here in Brazil. I’ve been trying to find the links to Phill Brander’s or Goodal’s pages for the home building plans without success. Please send Phill’s contact. Best regards and good sailing. Luiz Villela – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

  6. valtteri Says:

    Good morning Luiz,
    I’ll send you an email containing needed info.

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