Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Hey TDW - I read Bob's article in my own copy of Grumpy Old Bastard.
That is a crazy cool mainsheet set-up in the rendering above.
BTW - what advantage the gaff have over the sloop rig? Is is more sail area for the size of the boat?
Smack..Jeff_H is the man to talk to I'd reckon. Hopefully he will see this and chime in when the weekend is over. Charlie Cobrac probably knows a thing or two about gaffers as well.
The guy this lady is being built for simply wanted something a bit different I believe. I've never sailed a gaffer so I'm not the person to ask but off the wind a gaffer can be very spritely indeed. I remember one afternoon in Sydney being soundly dusted off by a 30' cassic gaff sloop (sister of the one in the vid) that went pass us like an express train and was not being embarassed by the racing boys and girls (in a non spinnaker race).
Uphill a marconi/bermuda will win out every time although this vid suggests a gaffer is not complete rubbish to windward.
(What is the difference between Marconi and Bermuda ?)
Me, I just love diversity.
This vid is of Maluka. She is a Ranger (legendary classic of Sydney Harbour) was built in 1932 and was rebuilt in 2006ish. Since then she has done two Sydney - Hobarts.
These last two pics are of BP's Jakatan. she was first across the line in the recent Great San Francisco Schooner Race.