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Posted: Aug 21st, 2012 at 16:00   |   Subject: china or gaff sail
hi George
I am 63 years old and I want to use sail mast sailing short and easy. static is very important for me, speed does not matter if can be chinese junk rig is better than gaff jig. what is your advice?
thanks and regards
Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012 at 00:20   |   Subject: china or gaff sail
I'm not convinced that a junk (china) rig would be any easier at this size.

There is no real problem changing to junk rig. The mainmast could stay where it is now or it could move forward to somewhere between Frame -695 and Floor -350, which would be a more usual configuration (like a cat boat rig). And maybe we would have to increase the rudder size a bit. I think I would retain the mizzen if possible as it does help balance the sail plan.

But really, the gaff main is quite an easy sail. The mast is not difficult to raise and lower in the tabernacle. It weighs, including the rigging, about 8 kg – and it is less than 5.0 metres long – so it's not a big deal.

So I'm not convinced that there would be any real advantage in changing to junk rig – I'm not against it in any way – I'm just not sure you would gain much. A small modern gaff sail is really not hard to manage.

I'd be happy to design a junk rig sail plan if that is the way you decide to go.


P.S. Don't let age be an impediment! I'm 68 and still going strong! Thinking of things oriental – look at the Okinawa diet and eat that way and have a gaff rig! The best of both worlds!


Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012 at 00:35   |   Subject: china or gaff sail
And I forgot to say thank you for the DWG files – they are a real help.


Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012 at 07:05   |   Subject: china or gaff sail
Your advice is a treasure for me. Thank you very much. It does not matter for DWG files. A grain of sand in the sea next to you your efforts. Thank you again and DXF files to other waiting to hear from you.
Best Regards

Mehmet Akgün