Hey Guys, it's Peter Chase. It's amazing to hear all this talk about the Dirigo 17, which I designed and which I loved, but I had to get out of building fiberglass boats. I work on rebuilding wooden boats and designing and building small wooden boats, I call it biodegradable boat building.
I own the third Dirigo 17 we built that we used for trying different materials including a sailing rig, which worked really well.
I do want to say that it is not a good thing to put a skeg on the stern and especially not on the bow. The boat steers well and can be used for white water kayaking. It's only when you are paddling down wind on a windy day with large waves that it's difficult to keep the boat on course. Using the rudder takes care of that, so learning to paddle correctly is the key.
It is great to hear all this talk about Dirigo 17's after so many years. Check out my website:
[url=www.caperosierboatshop.com]home[/url] I also want to give credit to Elliot Speer, who's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tod Cheney was also very involved in building them, his email is email@example.com
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
but my wife is the only one who uses the internet, so it's only if she happens to check mine that I hear about mail.
I am happy to talk with you over the phone. My number is 207 326-4514. It is a real ego boost to hear all the chat.