Re: Alternative Sail Plan for Micro
- I like the way the halyard is set up on Scamp so the peak of the yard
remains up high when the halyard is let go. The halyard is attached
quite low on the yard, passes behind the mast, through a loop that is
fixed further up the yard and then to the top of the mast and down to
Great instructions for setting a balance lug by Mik Storer.
But again, to use a balance lug on a Micro the mast would have to be
located further aft although some versions have very little of the boom
ahead of the mast, so almost like a standing lug.
Lymington River Scow comes to mind.
The boom can be shifted aft to allow for a jib or moved forward when not
flying the jib. And look how it is reefed! Just a loop of line attached
to the luff cringle that is pulled down and hooked over the boom and
another line from the boom and through the leech cringle and snugs the
loose sail around the boom. Works best on a small open boat of one with
the slot top like a Birdwatcher.
--- In email@example.com, "Myles J. Swift" <mswift@...> wrote:
> I was talking about the usage of the original sail plan. The OP was
> concerned about the mast. I'm pointing out that he is trading one
> for another. I'd rather deal with the problem that can be taken care
> the hard or at the dock. If a williwaw hits I'd rather not be around a
> scandalized sprit or gaff.
> Thinking in that frame of mind, the Welsford balanced lug rig seems to
> winner. If you have been following SCAMP, they have rigged it so that
> yard and boom are captured to the mast. Neither of them is heavy
> do much damage
> SCAMP is pretty impressive. For the man overboard recovery tests it
> little work to get it to go over. With the boat over well past 45
> sailed right along, the tester had to stand on the rail at that point
> Welsford, Storer, and Lillistone are antipodean Bolgeristas. The
> commissioned by the people at Small Craft Advisor magazine. They have
> safety rating system test everyone should take. Micro scores well on
> test. The commission was for the safest 11'11" sailboat (staying under
> registration limits) that Welsford could design. SCAMP has been
> the best design for the early years of retirement. I've been looking
> because of the water ballast which means a complete tow package well
> 500 pounds.
I’m aware of the Michalak designs. Having built a June Bug, a Micro, a Brick/Duck, and a Shoebox I want to make something nicer. I’m working my way towards having time available to do that.