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Re: [Michalak] Rig Choices

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  • Andres Espino
    yes as a last resort the upper spar will force everything down. Andrew ________________________________ From: BGN5731@aol.com To:
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      yes as a last resort the upper spar will force everything down.

      Andrew




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      From: "BGN5731@..." <BGN5731@...>
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 4:38 PM
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Rig Choices


       
      And it's very rare that Gaff rig will hang up, and not drop when you want
      it to!

      Nothing like a main sail, that is jammed in the sail track, to spoil your
      day when you need to reef in a hurry!

      Bill Nolen
      OKC


      In a message dated 3/15/2013 6:29:28 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
      ima_very_cool_cowboy@... writes:

      My personal favorite is the Gaff Rig and tho it is not fast it is tough,
      reliable, and overall a good working rig favored by many of the older fishing
      boats and motor sail boats.

      I had the Gaffer on my last 26 foot sharpie and I added full battens and
      lazy jacks and I could manage everything from the cockpit.. Gaffers tend to
      be lower aspect and shorter masts and the upper spar slants and raises the
      top of the sail above the mast.

      Andrew

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      From: prairiedog2332 <_nelsarv@..._ (mailto:nelsarv@...) >
      To: _Michalak@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:Michalak@yahoogroups.com)
      Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:46 PM
      Subject: [Michalak] Rig Choices

      From what I understand the choice of rig depends a lot on the type of
      sailing you prefer to do and the level of convenience, control and
      expense you are willing to compromise with. And then decide if your goal
      is to cruise or race.

      Bolger's favourite small boat rig was the cat yawl with sprit booms as
      illustrated in his Micro series.

      _http://rosslillistonewoodenboat.blogspot.ca/2011/05/thinking-about-phil-bol
      gers-micro-part.html_
      (http://rosslillistonewoodenboat.blogspot.ca/2011/05/thinking-about-phil-bolgers-micro-part.html)

      A major reason being the balance and control it retains when reefed.
      However it requires sail track for reefing and has a very tall mast for
      a given sail area. It also is very easy to arrange for self steering,
      the main can be easily flattened by tightening up on the snotter and is
      self-vanging. Next was a balance lug main as the leading edge of the
      sail is free of mast interference and very efficient - like a jib - if
      the luff is kept tight. Shorter mast - no sail track required and very
      easy to make. (Jim's favourite for those reasons,) Then if going
      off-shore with long tacks, the gaffer as it is less susceptible to sail
      chafe over the other two.

      One plan not often mentioned is the sprit sail. Ross considers this the
      best sail to be used with a jib on an unstayed mast.

      _http://rosslillistonewoodenboat.blogspot.ca/2012/05/spritsail-with-jib-set-
      flying.html_
      (http://rosslillistonewoodenboat.blogspot.ca/2012/05/spritsail-with-jib-set-flying.html)

      Ross to me is on the cutting edge of small boat designing with low
      investment options. Sort of left out when most of the attention is given
      to such folks as Welsford, Storer and Fisher. Not only a designer but a
      builder and active user of his designs. (Not that the others are not
      worthy though.)

      _http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/lillistone/index.htm_
      (http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/lillistone/index.htm)

      The bottom line though is I think most folks on this group are
      interested more on relaxed enjoyment on the water that ultimate
      performance. And most prefer an unstayed rig. But also most of us would
      get our blood up if we see a boat we just might catch up to:-)

      Nels

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