Re: Micro sail plan
- So are we looking at the traditional junk sail or the Bolger Chinese
The traditional junk sail is a balance lug type with a portion of the
sail ahead of the mast. Not a good idea on a mast right in the bow.
I believe Martin Robert's Applecross has the mast located right up
against the forward bulkhead. To me that makes more sense, and could
support a tabernacle. The questions would remain:
1. Is there enough space ahead in the bow well to allow the mast foot to
swing upwards and clear the bow? Especially if the bow was extended to a
point like on the upgraded plans.
2. Could one shorten the foot of the mast to allow clearance if there
wasn't enough and still brace it properly? I could envision a small lead
counterweight being added, and a sturdy gate closure at the base.
The advantage of the traditional junk rig is it could be used with a
tapered mast as there are loose parrels supporting the battens and no
requirement to add jaws.
The disadvantage I think, according to Bolger is the upwind performance
of the junk rig is not as good as a gaff rig. Not a huge drawback in a
Micro if one has the benefit of a good motor location and accessibility.
Putting a lot of mast weight right up in the bow seems counter-intuitive
when going downwind compared to having it further aft?
--- In email@example.com, "rodcahill@..." <rodcahill@...> wrote:
> 2. Would the tappered mast be strong enough to support a junk sail
> Thanks in anticipation,
> Rod Cahill