Gail and I trailered “Alice Gale” down to San Diego and spent two days sailing out of Shelter Island.
Posted by twsg2009 on February 2, 2014 in Sailing the Ebihen 15
Tags: Alice Gale, boat building, building a sailboat, DIY boat building, Ebihen, Ebihen 15, harbor, lapstrake, lapstrake construction, sailboat, sailing, sailing San Diego, San Diego, San Diego Harbor sail, sunset sail, wooden boat, wooden sailboat
Gordon Burvill, Adelaide, Australia
March 7, 2015 at 2:37 am
Hi Stan, may I congratulate you on a beautiful boat build, well done. Also, thanks for sharing the build and sailing in such detail, your success has given me the confidence to tackle such a project. This design is one I’m considering. Would it be possible to ask for a different video from you? Instead of being photographer, could you promote yourself to Director of Photography an get someone else not on the boat to film Alice Gale in action? It would be great to see from outside the boat how she moves through the water.
Finally, how does she handle very light and very heavy winds?
March 7, 2015 at 8:03 am
Hi Gordon. I hope to see your project on line too. I sure agree with you on getting video shot from the shore or from another boat of Alice Gale under sail. I have wanted to do this since I finished the build. I will make plans to do this on my next sail if possible. Alice Gale has plenty of sail. I have learned to reef in winds above 12 when sailing. I sail many times when alone with the main only. It takes very little wind to move the boat along nicely. Anything above 4 works. The Ebihen 15 is a short boat that doesn’t plane so the max hull speed is just over 5 knots. It doesn’t take much wind to move her.
March 7, 2015 at 7:01 pm
I’ll definitely post my build when it happens. First I need to sort out the logistics of time and space but hopefully soon I’ll have a happy, but short, window where I have both of these plus the money as well. I’ll let you know when I begin.
March 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm
Sorry, that accidental anonymous reply was me, in case it weren’t obvious!
October 1, 2014 at 5:50 am
Stan, how heavy is Alice Gail? The Vivier website indicates the Ebihen 15 weighs 480kg (1,056lbs). Is that so? What weight is your trailer rated for?
October 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm
I am not real sure of the weight as I have yet to take it to a scale. I am very confident the weight is not much higher then what is listed on the Vivier website. I used slightly thicker width frames and ash floorboards, along with a modifications to the side seats. But you could also say I saved some weight making hollow spars. The trailer has no trouble with transporting. I have gone from Los Angeles, CA. area to Seattle, WA. without issue. My trailer is a 1970’s redo with a rating plate for 2280 lbs., so I believe it is rated for more then the boat by a good margin. Once you add all the gear to the boat, I would put the loaded weight between 1250 and 1400 lbs.
October 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm
Ok, that makes sense. Thanks for the info. Really enjoy reading the blog!
May 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm
Stan, thx for the great Blog. Would you mind sharing your costs. I’m seriously considering Ebihen 15 and I would like to know how much more would a kit cost me. Thx
Tom Gale, Port Townsend WA
February 7, 2014 at 9:52 am
Wonderful boat ! Both Alice Gale and Duck Punt. You are quickly sucking me into building a DP.
There’s a sailing/rowing trip planned for Lake Powell June 22 to 29 organized by myself and Chuck Leinweber of Duckworks. Would be great to have you along if your interested. Doz or so are coming along all ready. Cheers !
February 8, 2014 at 6:18 am
The trip to Lake Powell sounds interesting. Will the group be camping each night on their boats?
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