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About the boat:
AUKLET is a glasshouse Chebacco, built in Rhode Island by New England Shipyard, from plans by Phil Bolger and Friends, and launched in 2012.  The design is included in Phil Bolger’s book Boats with an Open Mind, and the construction is plywood covered with dynel and epoxy.  LOA: 20’6″ Beam: 7’6″ Draft: 18″  The mainsail on AUKLET is not the original design, which was a 149 sq ft. gaff rig main.  This was replaced with a 99 sq ft. roller reefing lug, designed by Matt Layden for his Paradox microcruiser. The 27 sq ft. mizzen is the original Bolger design. Closer to the original overall sail area would be nice, but the short mast and easy reefing are a significant plus for my purposes.  Auxiliary power comes from a Torqeedo 1003 electric outboard, used sparingly, and recharged via the house batteries and a solar panel.  A yuloh (curved Chinese sculling oar) is under construction for 2013.