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Simplicity Boats Pond Yachts...
When I was 9 years old, a model sailboat in a toy store window got me dreaming about sailing. I saved for many weeks to buy it, and spent many hours enthralled with imaginary voyages. It looked real good, but could have been even more inspiring if it had sailed well. I've been making model boats for years trying to come up with one that was simple, good looking & rugged but most importantly would sail really well. I also added to my design "wish list" a potential to explore the behavior of different sail rigs. 
SBpondyacht2.jpg (17103 bytes)  I'm happy to report I finally have developed a kit that I hope will spark the imaginations of many a young sailor. SBpondyacht1.jpg (23987 bytes)

SPRITSAIL RIG
Her assembly requires no tools or glue. She can be "bare boat" sailed - unfinshed wood - or painted and decorated to the captains whim.

The hull is solid pine, 12" long by 3 1/4" beam. Her lines are base loosely on my sharpie skiffs Daydream & award winning Summer Breeze.

She comes with precut sails and spars enough to make an assortment of rig configurations. Her moveable keel allows great flexibility in rig balance.


TWO MASTED SHARPIE RIG
The rigs are assembled on mast sleeves allowing speedy and simple rig changes. This allows quick changes to suite changing wind conditions, and also experimentation with different rigs just for the fun of it.

SPRIT MAIN SHARPIE MIZZEN 
(my favorite at present)

SHARPIE MAIN SAIL

SMALL SHARPIE MAIN

 

PYcolorheel.jpg (36269 bytes) Even when it gets breezy she can be made to "stay on her feet" by simply weighting her keel with a washer or coin. PYdockwasher.jpg (19418 bytes)
PYstacked.jpg (16272 bytes) A fleet of Pond Yachts prepare for a voyage to a boat show...
PYjessykeel.jpg (27480 bytes) PYjessysail.jpg (26981 bytes)  
... start them dreaming...

 

Many ways to sail...

 

Free Sailing…

If you have access to a pond or swimming pool where you can walk the whole perimeter you can “free sail” your boat. This is the age old art of choosing a course based on wind conditions then setting sail and letting her go. A long stick can be helpful for course corrections. 

Chase boat...

If you have a canoe or rowboat on a small lake or stream, you can follow your craft in your “chase boat.” Remember to wear your PFDs (personal floatation devices) and stay safe!

Line Retrieval…

A spool of light (6 lb test) monofilament fishing line (or a rod & reel) attached to a screw eye on the bow of your boat will allow you to let her loose in larger bodies of water. Her range is then limited to the length of your line. A tug will bring her about and you can reel in her line as she sails back to you. Keep you eyes open for powerboats that might not notice the line connecting you to your boat! (Don’t ask me how I know this…) Never swim after your boat! Stay safe!

Control Line Sailing…

If your cruising grounds includes a span of water you can walk along or wade in you might consider line control. In this case, instead of fixing your main sheet in the cleat post, you run it through a small

Swim along...

In the safety of a pool or swimming area you can swim along with your pond yacht and get a fish eyes view of the action...

 

Simplicity Boats Pond Yacht kits includes the following...  One solid pine hull with three mast steps and two cleat posts.
2 masts
3 sails
3 booms
1 sprit spar
rigging line
keel
2 eye screws
3 sail sleeves
2 mast head flags
sand paper
Thorough written and pictorial instructions for assembly and sailing. 
PYwingnwing.jpg (22109 bytes) These craft are ideal for experimenting with and learning about the different points of sail. Here she's enjoying a downwind run "wing an' wing."
 
PYcolorheel.jpg (36269 bytes) My current favorite rig is the sprit main with a sharpie mizzen.  PYspritketch.jpg (16119 bytes)
PYlug.jpg (13247 bytes) Experimenting with different sail rigs is a cinch. Here she's sporting a new Mediterranean style balanced lug sail.
     

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