This blog will take you along the different steps of building a 23 foot dropkeel sailboat. The DIDI 23 is one of the available designs for the amateur builder designed by Dudley Dix. The boat is built as a radius chine trailer sailer from plywood with bulb dropkeel.
I am 64, married, have two adult children and working as engineer for rf techniques at a physical research centre of the Helmholtz Association. I live close to the Elbe river in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany.
Sunday 9 August 2020
After rigging the boat last Sunday and changed the bent turnbuckle. I really wanted to sail this Sunday. Unfortunately, no fellow sailor could be found. Everyone had other appointments or wanted to sail their own boat. So I decided to sail alone.The wind was weak.Only 2 Beaufort.It shouldn't be a big problem. But when I wanted to set the mainsail on the Elbe, problems arose. Although I had fixed the tiller with a rope, the boat turned into the wind every time I let go of the tiller to operate the main halyard. I had to keep jumping back and forth between the tiller and the halyard. After the sails were set, I was done.
After I recovered, I considered resolving the problem. The solution could be a tiller pilot. I decided to start doing market research right away.