53280Re: [bolger] Re: two modifications of Micro rig?
- Mar 31, 2007
> Also Daniel do you have the latest upgrades to the Micro plans?I think Daniel is thinking of the sprit rig. The 'upgrade'
> They include, a tabernacled mainmast and a different bow design
> including anti-slap pad. These upgrades are included in the Micro
> Navigator upgrade plans, but also apply to the standard version.
tabernacle is for the Navigator rig, and moves the mast forward. I
don't think it would be wise to mix the two without consulting with
PB&F to get a new balanced shape to cut the sprit mainsail.
Also, owning one, I favor the navigator rig only because it is
essential to allow the sailing from within the inside of the excellent
navigator cabin. A micro navigator has no cockpit.
I think Daniel is leaning towards the cuddy version, and that would
indicate the use of the vastly simpler sprit rig.
Personally, I don't really find that stepping and unstepping the main
mast is all that hard, because by standing on top of the cabin one has
an excellent angle to balance point and handle it all. What I do find
to be hard to do is to keep the rather large tangle of lines straight
when the mast is horizontal. Be aware that the jaws from the boom,
three battens and gaff all need to be eased off the mast to allow the
mast to swing down on the tabernacle. In my experience, it is the
loose jaws that contribute to the tangle.
The other thing that makes for tangle is that I have chosen (found
necessary) to use a double part for the jaw halyard and both the
topping lifts. I therefore have six runs of lines for the topping
lift (up, down, up) x 2 and three runs for the jaw halyard (up, down,
up) and two for the peak halyard (up, down), plus the vang line to get
in the mix. Plus, there are four fairly complex runs of line for the
reefing. 17 parts of line at the mast. (And, don't forget the lines,
sheets, and sheetlets aft) Compare this with the MUCH simpler sprit
Not that I am not happy with my navigator rig, I am very much
(extremely) happy with my navigator cabin, and the complex rig is
therefore necessary. Once it is built and once the initial set up is
over, the complexity of the rig is not nearly so overwhelming.
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