Very cool Straander! It's amazing the stuff that can be 3D printed. At $170, that's a tempting price to consider getting into doing that. Like Frank, I'm intrigued! I have some autoCAD experience, so that might help?
Connie and I were headed south from Port O'Connor to Matagorda Bay in Unole!/Necessity. The dolphins were running right beside the cockpit. On that boat, if the dolphins were beside you, you got covered in dolphin spit. We were entranced! Suddenly, the dolphins raced away at a 45 degree from us. Hmmm? About then, the kick up rudder started dragging bottom. We were playing so much attention to the dolphins that we ran out of the channel. Oops. Luckily, Unole's rudder drafted more than the keel so we were able to cut back to the channel before going aground.
If you get the lazy jacks, get the 6 legged system. I have the 4 legged system on my big boat and it fails to control the aft end of the sail. The sail drapes down and blocks the view of the helmsman. If you're singlehanding, you need all the control you can get. It will still be a pain to derig for winter but IMO less of a pain than a dutchman rig. My $0.02 and worth every bit that you paid for it.
Oh heck, I forgot about that time! Not long after the boat was built, I was reading that you should raise the centerboard going downwind, so I did once. I assume it is to reduce drag but it made absolutely no discernable difference EXCEPT when I went to bear off and the boat wouldn't turn. I ran her up into the marsh, as I had forgotten to lower the centerboard and it WILL NOT turn without it. Nowadays I just leave it down all the time
Great photos. The advantage of a sailboat is that you have a 2-3 foot depth finder in the form of a centerboard. I once tried to take a shortcut on the inside of a buoy marking a 90 degree in the channel. I was going to save time and distance. I did. When the CB started dragging, I pulled it up and headed back to the channel. I saved all of 10'.
That sounds like a great adventure an your friends sound like they have spent an adventurous life staying one step ahead of the constabulary. Many people could write a book about trailering a boat across Australia. That reminds me of the old joke about the grizzled old sailor who said when I retire I'm getting away from the sea. I'm going to walk inland with an oar over my shoulder until someone stops me and asks what it is.
Doing the Murray River where do you start? Up in the NW and go towards Melbourne?
And that boat ERFLO reminds me of Dutch yachts that are rigged to lay the mast and rigging down to get under thr many canal bridges. Even with a power boat doing the canals you have to know your air draft and plot you route to transit only where the bridge clearance is enough. Some of the clearances are less than 2 meters.
I've got a mate, a machinery and equipment appraiser, who lives towards you, in Adelade. Yesterday I was at the Internatinal Work Boat show and talked with an Aussie that represented an Australian company that makes the huge ship evacuation slides. It happened that he was also a St. Kilda fan so we talked about the draft and next year.