I think that the point here is the shape of the hull. I don't think that
Tin Hau would go to windward very well whatever rig you put on her.
Something that is often not realised by people, particularly those who
criticise the junk rig is that it is a cheap (and effective) rig and as
such is used by those who need a rig for a cheap and effective boat. These
tend to be medium to heavy displacement load carriers which are travelling
round the world not lightweight racers that are travelling round the bouys
on a Sunday afternoon. The cost of sails for the latter would probably pay
for an entire boat for the former. However there are people who are now
converting newer (racier) boats to junk and these often compare very
favorably with their Bermudan rigged cousins.
So don't compare a modern high tech racer to a junk-rigged tub with a lot
of windage and no keel. BG
Having said that, work out how long it will take you to earn the money to
buy the high tech racer, ie cost divided by salary, and then figure out how
much time it will save on a trip say across the Pacific. :) You could
probably be there in the junk before you bought a winch for the racer.
At 02:36 PM 3/29/01 -0800, De Clark wrote:
>Am halfway through _Cutting the Dragon's Tail_ and
>However I was depressed to read that Tin Hau as launched,
>tacked through 130 degrees (ouch!).
>I know this is a touchy subject among junkies, but surely
>today's rigs are doing a little better? if it's not rude, may I
>ask those who are currently sailing their junk rigged vessels
>to chime in with their tacking angles? I was hoping for closer
>to 110 or 120 on my "someday" dream boat.
>:De Clarke, Software Engineer UCO/Lick Observatory, UCSC:
"Last time I looked, the sea was still the sea." Rudyard Kipling.