Re: [bolger] Re: Birdwatcher Junk Rig
- I beg to disagree! I think the mast (23.5') is too long. Even the revised
solent lug still has a 20' stick. I wouldn't go with chinese lug, however.
Instead, I'd go with a balanced lug of 150 square feet on about 17' mast.
Back when I was thinking of building a BW, I even drew such a sail plan.
It's still sitting here in my files waiting for me to come back to it. In my
Also, if you've seen the BW1 plans, have you ever seen a more difficult way
of a building a hollow tapered mast than what Bolger has drawn?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Hallman" <bruce@...>
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: [bolger] Re: Birdwatcher Junk Rig
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| Considering that Phil Bolger has said that he considers
| Birdwatcher to be the greatest achievement of his
| [I believe, great] lifetime of designing boats, I consider
| that it would be a slim chance to hope that changing the
| sail rig from that designed might be an improvement.
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- Hi John,
Sorry, I don't check my mailbox very often as I rarely get mail
there. I have replied to your email. I think Jim Michalak has tried
to make his plans so just about anyone who can pick up a saw can
--- In email@example.com, "mannthree" <johnmann@i...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mike Mulcahy" <kakwariver@y...>
> > Mike,
> I tried to contact you by email but the message must not have been
> delivered. Your Philsboat (modified) looks great and appears to
> well. I read your tales re sailing in 18 knots on the Michalak
> and she handled it well. I have been interested in building another
> boat for some time now and your effort pretty much fits my
> for length, simplicity of rig, self righting ability etc. At $32.50
> for the plans (Philsboat) appears to be a bargain. A couple of
> 1: Are Jim Michalaks plans comprehensive enough for mug home
> like me?
> 2: What were the modifications you made to the plans?
> John Mann (Sydney Australia)
> I'm a little late on this thread but I've been busy. I built a
> > modified
> > Jim Michalak birdwatcher design (Phils boat) with a junk rig.
> > Pictures
> > at http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kakwariver/album?.dir=/a6a6
> > the boat and rig are pure joy!
> > One advantage that I don't think anyone mentioned is that if you
> > sailing with the center slot covered in bad weather you can
> > lower, and reef the sail from inside the boat with a junk rig.
> > slick!
> > One other thing. Various methods of adding camber to
> > junk sails have been devised and many junk-rigged boats have
> > excellant
> > upwind sailing ability. Anyone interested in this should check out
> > the
> > files and past messages at the junk rig yahoo group.
> > Mike