Recent content by Michael Rosso

  1. Michael Rosso

    Rascal 14 won't point (head up)

    Lucky that you could at least touch! Still, it's surprising to me that you couldn't right it. It shouldn't have been that difficult. My buddy and I had a tough time simply because the mast (I learned after..) was hitting the bottom, and we had NO idea what we were doing. :) Could you post...
  2. Michael Rosso

    Spindrift Rascal... whisker pole??

    Hello all, I've done a lot of searching and have found nothing helpful on the proper use of a whisker pole. I have a Spindrift Rascal 14 that came with a symmetrical spinnaker and a very nice oak whisker pole. Been sailing it for a few years now and have used it, but have NO idea if I am doing...
  3. Michael Rosso

    Rascal 14 won't point (head up)

    Interesting. I have basically the same boat that you do and have no problem whatsoever tacking into the wind. I have often thought of ways I could modify the centerboard, though. It is woefully inadequate at providing any kind of stability and since the boat wasn't really made for hiking...
  4. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Here you go! on the top plates I purposely left the location of the holes out except for where the rudder pivot goes. Figured it would make it less cluttered that way. Let me know if you have any questions. Crap. Just realized that I forgot to put in the top dimension of the brackets...
  5. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Pine would most likely be too light of a wood for the size and thickness. It's almost 3 feet long. At just 1/2" thick, I'm thinking pine would not fare so well. Even if it was temporary. Obviously, mahogany is a great choice since it's very stable and has a high cellulose content (makes it...
  6. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Rick, working with fiberglass is simple. I felt the same way about it before I built a drift boat but trust me, it's no big deal. As for obtaining it, there's a ton of places online to order it from. Try Jamestown Distributors. For something like a rudder, I wouldn't get anything thicker...
  7. Michael Rosso

    Ray Greene Rascal 14; information request

    Excellent! I did the same thing to my tiller last summer and it works great, although more often than not it tends to be more trouble than it's worth unless you're sitting hiked out on the gunwale. Putting in some kind of clamp to lock the tiller in place would be a GREAT idea. Trying to coax...
  8. Michael Rosso

    Ray Greene Rascal 14; information request

    Nice boat! It's identical to mine (except for the color). I still have my specifications sticker on mine, but it's so faded I couldn't make anything out. Trying to figure out what that bracket is on yours but haven't a clue. Our boat didn't come with a topping lift but I can't see why you...
  9. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Well, I'm back! Got a lot of sailing in. So many perfect days for it. I have all the measurements you need... if you still need them. If you do, let me know which ones exactly. If you want them all, no worries. There's a compound curve in the top of my rudder so it would almost be...
  10. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Electro, Your boat sounds exactly like mine. Is yours a Spindrift OneDesigns, or a Ray Greene? Mine looks like the only thing it's missing is a Mellow Yellow logo.
  11. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    I have no problem at all giving you any information you might need... all I ask in return is a bit of patience. Unfortunately I keep my boat up near Torch Lake, MI. That's about 230 miles north of my home. All is not lost, though. I'm planning on going up a week from today with a buddy to...
  12. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Have a look at my pic. I have a line connected to my centerboard that comes up and goes through a jamb-cleat that locks it in the upright position. I would think you would have something similar on your boat? I pull the fore-most line to lower it, and the aft line to raise it. I had the...
  13. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    ..Ha! You're not close, are you? I'm a scuba diver with salvage experience. I'd love to go on a hunt!
  14. Michael Rosso

    Help Needed from Rascal Owners

    Wow. That really sucks, Treedog. Let me know if I can do anything to help out. Shouldn't be that hard to replace. Why couldn't you just modify another rudder assembly by changing the locations of the pintles to fit your Rascal?
  15. Michael Rosso

    Laser newbie with questions..

    Looking forward to seeing your pics. I'm getting ready to order all new lines for mine.... and see if I can find a trailer for a decent price.
Top