This is the second post about the building of the SageSport 160 hull mold. To view the first post on the process <CLICK HERE>
After cedar slats were covered with fiberglass the plug was flipped over to install the outwales –
Again the plug was flipped so a flange could be installed –
The plug was sprayed with Duratec, a mold surfacing and shaping product –
Lots sanding was done to get the perfect shape –
The keels were installed –
and, you guessed it, the plug is again sprayed with Duratec followed by more sanding!
And here is an ACTION video of more sanding –
More updates to come!
In mid-2016 one of the rare Jerry Montgomery Panthers became available and we jumped on the chance to own a piece of Montgomery Marine Products history. The Panther is a pure racing boat designed by Ron Holder. Jerry Montgomery only built about a dozen. The boat will plane in winds over about 12 knots. She has an unballasted centerboard so the crew is hiking out to keep the boat upright in anything over a light breeze. She is a fractional sloop with a HUGE main and TALL rotating mast. Jerry only built a few as his distributors were marketing the boat as a family daysailor because of the large open deck and cockpit. As she is a race boat she is a bit ‘twitchy’ and is not appropriate for casual family outings.
When we got her to the boat shop she needed a few fixes: repair the transom as the backing for the rudder gudgeons was rotten, retune the rig and fix a broken frame. Otherwise she needed some cosmetic work and the boat would be ready to sail.
Well. A strong storm came through Golden, Colorado, with 100+ miles per hour winds. The boat and trailer were picked up, meaning they flew through the air, and the boat came to a sudden crashing stop. The mast and boom are bent. The centerboard was broken. A chainplate pulled out taking part of the deck with it. One of the trailer tires came off the rim. Yeah it was one hell of a blow!.
So the Panther is now available to someone willing to take on the project. All the running, standing and miscellaneous parts are present though severely damaged … and some in better condition than others (see above). She is a project. First person that takes her gets the boat! Cost – FREE!
** THE PANTHER HAS GONE TO A NEW HOME AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE **
Sage will be at the 2018 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan at Lake Pleasant, AZ, 15-19 February 2018.
We want to know from you which boat you would like to see & sail! Sage 15 sloop? or Sage 15 catboat (aka, SageCat)? UPDATE: VOTING HAS CLOSED.
A Sage 15 SageCat sailing the Columbia River.
Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE sailing on Port Townsend Bay, WA, June 2016.
P.S. – A Sage 17 will be in attendance. (Many of them actually!)
A Sage 17 sailing Lake Pleasant, Arizona.
Last month we posted about high wind sailing and reefing the Sage sailboats. Jerry Montgomery, the designer of the Sage 17 & Sage 15 and a guy of strong opinions, wanted to add this to the discussion –
Jerry Montgomery at the Sage Marine Shop with a Sage 15 deck in the background.
The [Sage 15 and Sage 17] sails way better with a small jib and a reefed main. All boats of this type should have a storm jib – if the winds looks like it’s going to come up to 25 or so, put up the storm jib; you’ll be amazed at how little it slows the boat down to even in a 15 knot wind (unless you’re in a race!). You will seldom use [a storm jib], but it’s invaluable when you need it, and you’ll save a lot of wear and tear on the other sails. Storm jibs don’t cost much.
Once in Mexico I [Jerry] used the storm jib every and all day and had no trouble keeping up with the other boats. It was blowing 25 and 30 every day.
The first step is to make a plug from which the SageSport 160 mold will be made. These pictures show the hull being made in cedar strips over the form stations –
The last slat goes into the hull. This is called the ‘whiskey plank’ –
The hull shape is complete. Here you can see the plug and the prototype boats –
Once the strips were in place the boat was sanded smooth in preparation for a layer of fiberglass to cover and stabilize the shape –
We like to mix the traditional and the modern at Sage Marine. The Sage 17, Sage 15 and SageCat are a bit traditional and a bit modern. For the next boat we are at it again … the SageSport 160! What is this ‘SageSport’? Well –
Sage has taken the classic Robb White Sport Boat and mixed with some modern. SageSport 160 is made of a resin infused fiberglass, carbon fiber and kevlar hull that makes for a very light boat that is car toppable. We are trying for a standard boat weight of 50#. She can also be paddled, rowed (both with a fixed seat or a sliding seat) and, you guessed it, sailed.
A SageSport 160 is rated to use up to a 6HP outboard. The boat will plane at just over three knots (way before her hull speed). The boat is actually designed to plane … not an ‘apply horsepower until the boat goes fast’ design.
Our first prototype, a wooden strip-plank built, boat has been built and tested. So far we have taken the boat out in winds blowing up to 30 knots with seas about 2’. The boat motored at 9-10 knots at ½-throttle on a 6HP motor. Yes, she was planing in these conditions! Additionally the boat wasn’t squirrly and felt very stable.
SageSport 160 will have positive flotation and be available in a variety of colors.
More info to come!
Last week I made a new set of shrouds for a boat owner. As he de-rigged his sailboat for the winter he found some wires broken at the swage fitting.
Trailer sailors are great boats … one of many reasons it is easy to inspect the rigging each time the boat is put on/off the water as we rise/lower the mast.
For most of us in the northern parts of North America the cold weather has come in and the boat is settled on her trailer until the spring.
Sage 17 AIR BORN under some Colorado snow.
I encourage you to go out and check your boat’s rigging: wires have no broken strands or excessive rusting at swage fittings, fittings without rust or cracks, thimble eyes without rust/cracks, clevis pins present without rust/cracks; and all cotter keys are present and (you guessed it) without rust/cracks. If anything looks suspect replace it over the winter so when the spring comes the boat is ready to go.
A new set of rigging ready to be installed.