53292Re: two modifications of Micro rig?
- Apr 1, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "danieljamesstewart4" <stewartd@...> wrote:
> --I'm also thinking of building the mast as a tabernacle so it can beHi Dan
> stepped more easily. Again, has anyone tried this?
Our Micro has a tabernacled main mast, "owner designed" rather than
built to Phil and Susanne's design. Susanne's seen pictures, and only
had nice things to say, although I should be absolutely clear that I'm
not suggesting that she or Phil endorse my fooling around.
Anyway, it works fine. I did the DIY thing partly because the PB&F
designed tabernacle changed the sail balance and implied a revised
mizzen. DIY kept the sails we already had.
The main advantage of the tabernacle is not that it is easier than
stepping the main in the original manner [although it can be when the
wind gets up] but rather that the tabernacled version is a lot quicker
to deploy from a trailer. Before, we carried the masts in stubby
gallows while on the road, and at the ramp the masts had to be lifted
clear, the gallows removed , the tiedowns disposed of, the masts
stepped, blah, blah. Now, the mizzen straps to the main while
travelling, and at the ramp the main can be swung into position in a
blink. All the cordage associated with our gaff rig remains connected.
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