Re: Reefing a lug sail.
Those photos are beautiful. They could all be postcards!
--- In email@example.com, John Weiss <jrweiss98155@...> wrote:
> A [moderately] balanced lug can be easily reefed...
> My balanced lug yawl-rig Nord Vinden has 2 slightly different
> configurations on main and mizzen. The main has a full-length batten
> that, when reefed, effectively turns the sail into a lateen. The mizzen
> has no batten, but I have never had the desire or occasion to reef it
> The lazyjacks help support the rig when struck, but the main comes down
> with the batten pretty much level anyhow. I've reefed (and shaken out
> the reef) a few times underway, and it's a leisurely event...
> Rick Bedard wrote:
> > For when you return a question or two...
> > Trying to understand your solution, I guess what I'm asking is how did
> > you determine how long that tag line to the yard is and where along the
> > halyard did you spliced it in. Is it slack when the halyard is fully
> > hoisted? While hoisting/lowering is the yard parallel to the boom or what?
> > Thanks,
> > Rick
> > --- On *Mon, 2/1/10, eric14850 /<eric14850@...>/* wrote:
> > Gaff rigs have to have two halyards to control the yard. The lug
> > rig does not. I did not want to have the complication of two
> > halyards. I did much study of the junk, and lug sails, and a bit of
> > study of the lateen and gaff sails before settling on ROGUE's rig.
> > Long time ago. Not nearly so clear in mind as then. With Phil's
> > book 101 Small Boat Rigs I had a lot of fun debating different rig
> > configurations. Interior spaces had a lot of influence, especially
> > on my final decision.
> > Eric
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> > </email@example.com>, Rick Bedard <sctree@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Thanks for that Eric. I'm pretty sure I'm going with a lug sail
> > on my current build. I'm even more inclined now that you've solved
> > the yard end-drop. Have you posted photos anywhere? What design is
> > Rogue?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Rick
> > > --- On Sun, 1/31/10, eric14850 <eric14850@> wrote:
> > >
> > > An issue with reefing a lug sail is the problem that as soon as
> > the halyard is slacked the end of the yard comes down first. I
> > solved this problem by splicing a small line strong enough to
> > support the end of the yard and the sail below it to the halyard. I
> > spliced it to the halyard just long enough that it holds the yard
> > parallel to the boom (I have a balanced lug rig). I built a wide
> > block to accommodate both lines, but it self distructed and the
> > normal block I replaced it with has worked fine. This system works
> > perfectly in all winds up to 35mph (I have not been in stronger
> > winds but foresee no problems). I can lower the sail enough to tie
> > in a slab reef while the lazy jacks contain the sail, or I can cast
> > the halyard loose in a panic. As with a chinese lug rig, I can
> > lower or raise the sail on any heading. It is not necessary to head
> > into the wind. The yard and sail comes down nicely into the lazy
> > jacks. I've never read about this
> > > adaptation, so I think I can claim it as my own unique
> > improvement. It's simple and it seems to work well.