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post #11 of 14 Old 07-03-2011
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I've seen boats without backstays before but today I seen something I have never seen before. There is a boat docked a couple of slips down from me that seemed to have no standing rigging at all. It had to be at least a 30ft sailboat, and the mast was up. It had a boom with a mainsail that appeared to be held up by lazy jacks. There was no headsail or forestay. There was no backstay. There were no shrouds or spreaders. It did not even seem to have a place to attach shrouds even if you wanted to ( no chainplates). I wish I had a camera, I could have posted a pic. The mast seemed to be rounder and of a larger diameter than most other boats of a simular size, but I find it hard to believe there is no standing rigging.
It is equally likely that what you saw was a junk rigged boat, as in Chinese Junk. If the sail bundle protruded forward of the mast it was almost certainly a junk rig. It is my preferred rig, and a few other peoples' too.
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It is equally likely that what you saw was a junk rigged boat, as in Chinese Junk.
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Freedom and Nonsuch built a good number of boats. Two are my immediate dock mates, and probably 5-8 total from those makers in the marina. There are Wiley cat boats around as well, though none locally. Regardless of the 'viability' or potential of a modern junk rig, they are very very rare creatures. There was one on the brokerage dock a couple of years ago, and there's a catamaran with parallel (one on each ama) junk rigged masts on another dock that's hasn't left the slip in as long as anyone can remember growing a lot of green. More power to you though. Yours looks like a very interesting set up!

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Yes, it's true they are rare creatures. Sunbird and Kingfisher made factory junk-rigged boats before the big manufacturer shakeout in the late 1980's. To the best of my knowledge no-one has made a factory junk rig since. Almost all the junkrig boats on the planet are owner built or conversions. In fact, Nonsuch are rather popular to convert.

My Nor'Sea was ordered without rig by her original owner (in 1979) and "converted" before she was ever dropped in the water. He took her to Fiji, among other places.


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