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Old 11-29-2011   #1
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junk rig

hello,
someone browses junk rig?
I have many questions about setting sail.
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ok thank you and good wind!
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Re: junk rig

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Re: junk rig

...a decent junk rig primer: What About The Junk Rig?
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Re: junk rig

I would guess the "modern" full batten mains that are becoming so popular these days were inspired by the junk rig.
Though I have never sailed on a junk rigged boat, I've had enough curiosity to talk with quite a few who have sailed them.
Joshua Slocum had high praise for the practicality of the junk rig: "Her rig was the Chinese sampan style, which is, I consider, the most convenient boat rig in the whole world."
"There is no need to point "head to wind" when raising sail. When the sheets are sufficiently eased, the junk sail will rotate around the mast to any point of the wind. While sailing dead down wind is inconvenient for making sail, it is still possible to raise the junk sail with the sail luffing."_ wikipedia.
Sounds like the perfect cruising rig, but I'm happy enough with my tried and true ketch with all roller furling sails.
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Re: junk rig

How well does it go to weather?
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Re: junk rig

To windward, a junk rig is as slow as an airport mountie ( and that's pretty slow) .The marconi rig typically points 20 degrees higher than a junk rig in a flat sea, even higher in a chop.
With a mast partway along the lee side of a sail, it is impossible to get a smooth flow along that side.
That is why they do much better one tack than on the other. They are horrendously complicated rig with a huge amount of line and chafe points. As used junk sails are extremely rare, you have to make all your sails from scratch.
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Re: junk rig

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To windward, a junk rig is as slow as an airport mountie ( and that's pretty slow) .
That's what I thought. I also thought junk rig would be a real bear in heavy weather.
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Re: junk rig

I've recently become very interested in junk rigs and find the dynamics of those for/against it even more interesting. A smattering of die-hard junk rig fans, happily sailing along (or so they say) and then the rest of the sailing world scratching their heads with a look of wonder and why? on their faces as they stand behind their working sails. Quite entertaining.

I'm excited to one day get the chance to settle the debate for myself.
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