Re: Otter photo
- In a message dated 3/1/02 9:22:58 AM Central Standard Time,
> I recall Otter as having a spar that rakedBolger's "100 Small Boat Rigs", design 67 "Aft-Raking Foremast", speaks well
> backward from the bow to the tip of the after (main? mizzen?) mast,
> rather than being raked forward. I, too, wondered how well it worked.
of this concept. Credit for the concept is given to Uffa Fox. Per Bolger, Fox
invented this in 1933 as a successful rule-beater for sailing canoe
competition. The rule-makers intended to restrict rigs to cat ketches, but
didn't quite come right out and say it. Fox essentially created a sloop,
with the luff of the jib supported by the fore-mast instead of a tensioned
luff. Bolger said that Fox took just about every trophy on offer that season.
The rules were subsequently changed to permit sloop rigs with standing
rigging. Bolger says that this killed the concept as a racing rig, as the
smoother air flow over the thin wire luff gave the stayed rigs an insuperable
advantage in that context. In a non-racing context, I'd think that the
virtues of not needing standing rigging and big jib luff tensions would make
this an attractive idea.
Design #66 is the Chesapeake Bay "stick-up" rig. Bolger doesn't think it has
any notable virtues.
Ciao for Niao,
Bill in MN
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