Help for a novel
My name is Denice Hughes Lewis.
I am writing a young adult fantasy novel.
I have no experience with sailing at all.
One of my characters has experience and has to build a 4-man, sea-worthy boat on an island.
It has to have oars as a motor cannot be built.
Sails are okay.
I thought a sloop might work and downloaded your Star-Lite handbook for reference.
I do not have to describe the building of the boat, only the sailing away and the problems with a storm that forces the characters to wait it out below deck.
The characters will not be spending much time on this boat because it is going to be sucked into a whirlpool and destroyed.
Any help you can give me would be much appreciated and I would be happy to list you as a resource in my book, "Enchantress, Sabotage."
Here are my questions:
Is the size of your Star-LIte a feasible vessel for someone with limited supplies?
Wood, stone, fabric, gold and jewels are readily available on the island, but no industrialization, instruments or mechanical objects are available except for a small compass and of course the stars.
Could someone stow away in the rope and anchor locker?
Would the stowaway have to get rid of the anchor first?
Where would you put 4 oars?
Thank you so much for your help.