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12-11-2011 09:04 AM
Deric I enjoy sailing my boat. I switched from a sloop to cat ketch rig with free standing masts.

I love the simplicity of maintenance, safety, and piloting with only two sheets.

It's been called the lazy man's boat. Once I get to only one sheet will I at that time agree with the previous sentence. Heh
10-03-2011 06:31 PM
junkrig
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Different rigs are chosen for different reasons in a cruiser when there is a choice. The junk rig for the ultimate ease of handling and not having to have a large sail inventory being 2 main reasons - probably the most efficient rig for the dollar and effort required. Some are chosen for ultimate speed like the pics above. And some are chosen strictly for their looks - the schooner comes to mind.

It would be pretty boring if all rigs were the same.
+1
Another advantage, as users see it, is that most junk rig sailors make their own sails. Huge savings.

And it is simply safer.
10-03-2011 06:24 PM
junkrig Paulo, even though I know I'm wasting my time here...
Racing does not define the only appropriate boat designs. If it did nobody would ever buy another Nor'sea, with the long keel, deep rocker, and cutaway forefoot. In spite of that, Nor'sea is one of few manufacturers who was building yachts in the 1970's and is still in business today. Racing is fine. Many people love it. Many others simply don't care.
10-03-2011 06:18 PM
mitiempo Different rigs are chosen for different reasons in a cruiser when there is a choice. The junk rig for the ultimate ease of handling and not having to have a large sail inventory being 2 main reasons - probably the most efficient rig for the dollar and effort required. Some are chosen for ultimate speed like the pics above. And some are chosen strictly for their looks - the schooner comes to mind.

It would be pretty boring if all rigs were the same.
10-03-2011 06:06 PM
junkrig
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Mitiempo if that was true, minis, class40 and Open60 as other semi or open class boats would be using other kind of sails and rigs. Nothing prevent them to use other rigs.

Regards

Paulo
I rest my case.

10-03-2011 03:18 PM
legarots I was on a Freedom 35 with a carbon fiber mast and no shrouds. I missed not having something to hold on to, especially when climbing on board.
10-03-2011 03:12 PM
mitiempo Paulo

I wouldn't describe these as "inefficient triangular sails". But the average rig on a Catalina, Beneteau, or whatever leaves a bit to be desired. And the current trend to in mast furling mains has lost, not gained efficiency.
10-03-2011 02:25 PM
PCP
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No, sailors are a conservative group, so it wouldn't happen that fast. And racing rules are the main reason we are using inefficient triangular sails when any designer knows they can be improved upon.
Mitiempo if that was true, minis, class40 and Open60 as other semi or open class boats would be using other kind of sails and rigs. Nothing prevent them to use other rigs.

Regards

Paulo
10-03-2011 10:00 AM
junkrig
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Originally Posted by WDSchock View Post
My wild a** guess is 10 years from now we will all be sailing using wing sails.
David Tyler, widely known around the JRA as The Oracle, sails his Tystie, a wing sail schooner with a rig of his own design, currently leaving Tasmania for New Zealand and then on across the South Pacific IIRC. He believes firmly in the wing sail but considers the Hasler Junk with camber to be next best and helps us all with ours.
That said, I think Mitiempo is right. Witness the strong negative reaction here to anyone advocating any different idea.
10-03-2011 12:59 AM
mitiempo No, sailors are a conservative group, so it wouldn't happen that fast. And racing rules are the main reason we are using inefficient triangular sails when any designer knows they can be improved upon.
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