Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: S/V Waltzing Matilda, Port Ludlow, WA (NW Puget Sound)
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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
I did not loose sail area (according to the second owner he shortened the foot by 3' and raised the tack by 18", foot is now 15' and luff a tad over 37'), it was merely relocated to forward of the mast. One of my new headsail configurations consists of a Genny (25'luff, 15'foot, clew a little high, head 12' from masthead) on the headstay and Yankee (35'luff on 5' pennant, clew 20' off the deck, head 1' from masthead) on the topmast stay...they set very nicely together. $100 for used sails+$140 for pair of used Barient 25 two speed winches+misc hardware and work making new winch mounts total cost about $250, not including new standing rigging 1/4" 316SS $250, new halyards 230' 7/16 Endura $140. If those costs don't seem to add up I got the wire through a commercial source and paid spool price of 75cents/ft and have a contact who sells New England Rope so can get "end of spool" pieces for about 60cents/ft also have a contact for SS hardware.
The original rig had a nasty weather helm...the only purpose behind it I can figure was you only had to own two sails, a really big main (which in anything but a light air was overpowering the boat anyway, probably why it had a triple reef)and a fractional self tending jib (which according to the owner that removed it "tracked very poorly"). The present rig which allows for a masthead jib and/or a cutter rig which more than makes up for the lost sail area. It will be quite a while before I can afford a new main so I will put alot of thought into what I get and be open to suggestions.
The original rig was not designed for performance, rather simplicity (not spreaders, no fixed backstay, no cap shrouds, fractional with no jumper struts, no winches) and to be single. handed. Atkin even said of it "This is not a racing machine". Second owner had a bit more sense about performance, while still keeping the boat easy to single hand.
I am a poor cursing sailor and am trying to do as much as I can with what I have.
Bob: I don't think my boat is perfect, just less imperfect than some people suggest.
Last edited by wolfenzee; 05-25-2013 at 04:22 PM.