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63906Re: [bolger] Single Gaff Halyards

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  • Adirondack Goodboat
    Jul 9, 2010
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      Bruce, I don't think it would be meaningful to call the Solent lug on the alternative (not simpler, rather more complicated) Birdwatcher rig a gaff of any sort. Any lug, I think, is notable for no attachment of luff of sail to mast. The Solent halyard brings the "yard" tight to the masthead sheave, or, if the sail is reefed, a parrel holds the yard very close to the mast, and a downhaul, tensing the luff, hauls the head of yard and sail high. Tres different from gaff. I have little experience with gaffs but geometrically it does seem that a short gaff would do fine with a single halyard placed at the right point. Some of LFH's gaffs are that short; I wonder whether he shows two halyards.(Just looked: Meadowlark and Block Island boat, with very short gaffs, show two halyards and are convincing that that's generally best.) I wouldn't want to do without the various aspects of control the two halyards of the usual gaff provide.
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      On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM, adventures_in_astrophotography
      <jon@...> wrote:
      > Does anyone have experience with single gaff halyards, as opposed to separate peak and throat halyards? I've seen these on a few rigs, usually with relatively short gaffs, such as the 18'-8" Mackinac boat in the latest BDQ (also seen in 50 Wooden Boats). I suspect they must not work as well on longer gaffs or we'd see them more often, but I'd be interested to hear from somebody with real experience.
      > Jon

      Doesn't the Solent lug rig (famous with the original simple
      Birdwatcher) have a single halyard gaff? So, that makes me guess that
      the variable is both the length of the gaff in combination with the
      angle of the gaff. (IOW, the more vertical the angle, the longer it
      can be sustained with a single halyard.)

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