Re: [bolger] Re: AS29 self-steering
- Thanks for the compliment, but I must admit that I know nothing about
sewing. Maybe I should have mentioned this. I measured and cut the
sails, and then assembled them with double-sided tape that I bought at
Home Depot; it's intended for installing indoor-outdoor carpeting. Then
I took the sails to a local sailmaker, whose sewing machine can easily
punch through the plastic and tape.
They are pretty, aren't they? -- all junk sails, that is, not just
mine. They still make me smile every time I hoist them. They do
require a lot of line for all the sheets and 3-part halyards; but on the
other hand, there are no winches.
101 Small Boat Rigs is a great book. I like lateen sails for their
simplicity, and also for the ability to use a really short mast. Here
in texas, all the powerboats are in slips that are covered by big metal
roofs, to protect them from the blazing Summer sun. We sailors are out
in the open. I'd love to have a boat that, with sails lowered, could
fit under one of those roofs. Maybe next time ...
> Kent. Those are flawless sails you built for yourself! Impressive. Thanks for the picture and the explanation.
> I'm a bit sensitive about sail area. I meant ROGUE to be "over canvased" but it is not. With a badly shaped fore and heavy canvas main, light air performance is not what I want it to be. Perhaps I should have first had new sails made, or at least a new fore made before taking the drastic steps I am taking. However, I don't believe that even with well cut sails I would have the light air performance I want. And I like the way the main works in 20+ knot winds, so I am not eager to increase its foot and head to increase sail area. Besides, boats are for messing around with and I have a copy of Bolger's 101 Small Boat Rigs. Furthermore, ROGUE is and may well remain engineless, so light air performance is important. Assuming my repair/building/sailing happens as planned over the next two months, I'll let folks here know if doubling ROGUE's working sail area by setting a lateen yard and sail from the foremast is a good idea or not. I don't think ROGUE will stand up to thi
> s towering sail in even 8 knots of wind. But unlike a spinnaker I expect it will sail to windward quite nicely. Taking it down will be a huge reef and will hurt performance, but leaving it up too long will make it difficult and perhaps dangerous to deal with. I plan to brail the sail so I can kill the sail before bringing the yard and sail down to the deck. Not a racing move for a single hander, though it might not be any worse than handing a balloon spinnaker given the same size crew.
> Aren't you glad you went for the elegance and easy handling of a junk rig?
> Seeing a clear picture of the flawless job you made of your sails I expect you could sew up a beautiful set of cambered sails should you choose to when it comes time to replace your current sails.