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Re: Bolger on Gunters

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  • Peter Belenky
    One important distinction between a Solent lug and gunter rig may be the proportion of the yard above the halyard. Since a gunter yard is conceived as a
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 3, 2005
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      One important distinction between a Solent lug and gunter rig may be
      the proportion of the yard above the halyard. Since a gunter yard is
      conceived as a sliding topmast, the object is to have the shortest
      doubling consistent with strength, putting the halyard attachment
      near the "throat." The leverage of the long yard on the sliding
      gunter irons is what creates a binding problem. A Solent lug, on the
      other hand, has the halyard attached close to the center of the yard--
      even above it, allowing the yard to remain approximately vertical in
      lowering while falling clear of the mast. It's very similar to the
      jackyard on old racing cutters.

      Both are strictly small-boat rigs, although larger boats like
      Chesapeake skipjacks have sometimes used small clubs to extend the
      mainsail head above the hounds.

      -Peter Belenky
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