Hello to all, i've been thinking a lot about how i can make my
current sprit sail suit my needs better. i made this sail for my
original 'sam manning' esk rig on a 15' grumman. (BTB if i was not
all the way across the pond i may be tempted by that rig on e-bay
too. Having decided that this canoe sailing lark holds some major
advantages over the heavy and cumbersome, on land anyhow, GP14 i am
used to sailing i decided to make a more solid and permenant rig.
it would however be nice to stick with tha same sail, one less job
before i'm afloat again. the lack of reefing ability, other than
brailing up the sail, has always bothered me so i decided to have a
good look about the net for a nice method of doing this.
although not a 4 sided sprit sail i'm sure the methods talked about
can be used for a sprit with no haliard but i really didn't like the
bundle of sail down the mast. so a haliard it is then.
Jims jiffy reefing looks great, but is relevant only to the 3 sided
sprit sails he is refering to.
So having a think and a look at a few photos of my sail (am away from
home at the moment so cant actually try things out, v. frustrating) i
came up with a plan. i've had a go at drawing this up and posted a
jpg in 'reefing Sprit sail idea' in the files section.
i think its pretty self explanatory but i'll explain anyways.
i've added a boom, for the little bit extra upwind, but thats
obviously not a necessity.
to put in a reef you would release tension on the snotter/sprit
haliard and un clip it from the mast, the peak would fall and you
clip it back on to the lower attachment point. you thin slack the
main haliard, tie in the reef points (a few more than necessary on
the drawing i think!! its only a 50sqft sail), retension the halliard
and finally retension the snotter/sprit haliard(what would you call
jobs a good un and your off, with a reefed sail. a brail line would
still be a part of the sail for furling purposes but that was one
more thing to crowd the drawing so i left it off.
basicly, with my in ability rite now to try this out and find the
problems i thought i'd ask for a bit of feed back here....
ps. i never mentioned, my new mast will be an aluminiun scaffold pole
that with a bit of effort should be made to rotate in its step, the
way i hear a sprit mast should.?
thanks for such a wonderful resource, Rich.