JEWELBOX, BEACHBOAT, 19' X 6', 800 POUNDS
Here is a boat that is supposed to be
self righting to a great degree without ballast! Jewelbox
has the combination proven by Bolger's Birdwatcher of
high sides with a thick bottom and low down crew weight
to act as ballast. Karl James told me his boat has righted
from having its windows totally submerged. Thanks to Tim
Webber for the scans. The Texas grapevine reports the
original boat has transferred hands as Karl has gone on
to designing his own. No surprise there since Karl had
told me of adventures with 5 different boats he had owned.
His Jewelbox has been all over the country, including
the Mexican trip shown in the photo above, and a lake/canal
journey across the Florida peninsula. Here's the write
up from my catalog....
The Jewelbox prototype was built by
Karl James of Winnsboro, Texas. Here's Karl raising the
sail. You can see how safe the operation is. It's all
done from inside the boat including stepping the mast.
In her first season this boat sailed
in Mexico, the Apostle Isles of Lake Superior, Montana's
Fort Peck Reservoir, and Yosemite Lake. Karl also brought
it to our Midwest Messabout and I had a chance to sail
her. We had almost no wind that day and as we ghosted
along I asked him if the sail area was about right. He
replied that it was right for a Texas wind, hinting that
everything was bigger and better in Texas.
I watched Karl launch and rig Jewelbox
solo in 15 minutes without getting his feet wet. Stepping
the mast is a 30 second operation and it brings up one
of the advantages of a lug rig. Jewelbox sets almost 160
square feet of sail on a 20 foot mast you can step solo
without strain. Not only is the lug mast shorter than
most other types, it can be lighter because mast deflection
doesn't harm the set of the sail as it does in other types.
So rigging Jewelbox is about like rigging a Sunfish. But
this boat will sleep three adults inside the self-righting
Birdwatcher cabin with lots of dry storage under the fore
and aft decks. Karl trailers his with rudder and 6 hp
motor in place ready to go. There's a self draining well
in the bow to hold anchors,, muddy shoes, etc., with a
step through bow transom.
I should mention that Karl made some
beautiful segmented hard covers for the walkway slot.
But later he went to a simple snap on fabric job. He greatly
prefers the fabric job for camping. The hard covers are
used for trailering and storage.
Jewelbox uses self erecting construction
throughout. She needs 2 sheets of 3/16" Plexiglass,
7 sheets of 1/4" plywood, and 9 sheets of 1/2"
plywood. It's all simple glue and nail construction with
no jigs or lofting.