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What If...I added a gunter rig to my '66 Columbia 29 Mk II
I have had my '66 Columbia 29 Mk II for almost a year. She's a good S&S design popular in SF bay and a winner there in the 60's but time has passed her a bit these days. Those familiar with this boat and the MK I's and the Defender 29's (which were same hull but had different superstructures and abit less ballast) know that the masts are thick and short by today's standards and the sail area on the MK II is only 382 s.f. ,for example.
I'm not a racer but am just curious what if anything one could do to get her sail area into the 400s.f. range or more without hurting her performance. Okay, the ballast on a MkII Columbia 29 is 4,120 lbs with a displacement of 8,400 lbs....(almost 2-1 ratio) so at first glance it seems this boat could handle more sail... In short, would the esteemed gallery concede that these boats are some of the most low-down, leadbelly bitches ever made by a commercial factory?
So with that in mind, what might the outcome be if someone designed say, a gunter rig mast extension specifically for the Columbia 29's? Afterall, the sailing gurus of the 70's did this with their IOR boats like the Hunter's and Catalina's to give them alternate racer models with a bit more sail area... In contrast, I know the Columbia 29's were CCA boats with big long booms and mainsail feet with small headsails vs. the IOR boats they did the gunter rigs with...but...how would that affect a decision to add a gunter rig somehow..or would that be a wise course or not...If not..then how could I increase sail area and speed..(right now the MKII lists at 6.36 kts hull speed)...Better to just leave this boat's sail plan alone?...if so then why... Any comments appreciated...it's been a slow week on the sailing forums...
Last edited by souljour2000; 02-16-2012 at 07:51 PM.