Re: Bolger on Gunters
- 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.