Re: Devlin's 24’ Gaff Rigged Sloop
I hear what you’re saying regarding costs,,, and this a large part of the reasoning behind the original post; to gather intel from the sailing guru’s who have been there, done that. This build is several years away, if ever, I should emphasize that right from the start, (,,,however I do have some luck fulfilling my goals). Getting back to costs, I plan to keep them in check by following the Build Plans to the letter & minimizing the equipment onboard, rather than budget procurement of materials. Whatever modest gear/materials there is onboard will be top shelf.
I do have some sailing experience. We have owned a Newport 27 and a Catalina 36, and sailed both through-out the PNW (God’s Country ; ) for 8 years. I envisioned that that would be the extent of my sailing days since we went over to the dark side. On the contrary, I’m getting plenty of opportunity to sail on other cruisers’ sailboats. You know what cruising folk are like, they are only too happy to take me out for a burn, which is very cool. I had a Catalina 47 out for the day in Oahu a few weeks ago, and I’ve got a flight booked on an older Macgregor 36 racing Cat when I get back. I’m learning all the time (aren’t we all?), but I believe I have the fundamentals to start planning the project.
I took your advice and looked at the Guenever’s Project page, when it dawned on me “Oh that GUENEVERE!” I have been lurking on your website for while now because of my interest in the Nor’Sea 27 (basically any Lyle Hess designed boat). Anyway I recognize your wealth of knowledge and I appreciate your contribution - thanks!
It’s exactly that “just different” experience I’m going for next time ‘round.
As far as the Transpac is concerned,,, I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on that,, that’s just a dream of mine, not a raisons d'être. If I ever do go down that road I’ll have plenty of miles under the keel to prove her seaworthiness & comfort beforehand. I watched this years Transpac race with interest (especially the 30’ Wyliecat,,,,how does one balance the boat with only one sail??), still so much to learn.
A priority for me is the simplicity of the boat,,, the ease of use - and that certainly extends to the Gaff Rig. The amount of friction is something I need to quantify. My C36 had an incredible amount of friction, (all lines lead aft) and this is something I want to avoid this time. All halyards will be hoisted from the mast, no winches required, just belayed and sweated in tight. Simple. (if it works ; )
I appreciate you guys chiming in and offering advice,,, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks guys.
Andy & Julie Nemier ∞
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