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Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 07:36   |   Subject: Design number 146
George, I have a little question about the Design 146: is it possible to design a slightly larger mainsail and get rid of the bumpkin and it's sail?
I think the cutter rig is more simple to build and to use, and maybe the jib and staysail can be kept the same.
I am in the process of preparing the materials for building the boat, and it would be great if the cutter option will be available sometimes in the future. Of course I don't want to bother you with this little request, so only if you think it's ok you may answer it.
Thanks in advance for any answer.
Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 11:45   |   Subject: Design number 146

There is no problem to have a straightforward cutter rig (no mizzen).

I will draw up a Cutter Rig sail plan and add it to the plans.

The only thing I would say is that the Yawl Rig does give a lot of flexibility both in balancing the rig and also in heavier weather, where she will handle under mizzen and staysail, rather than having to reef the main heavily.

A lot depends on where you are sailing and the sort of conditions you are likely to encounter.

Cheers -- George
Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 16:21   |   Subject: Design number 146
Thanks very much for your answer George. I confess I feel a little intimidated by the somewhat more complex arrangement of the Yawl Rig.

The reason the cutter rig is more appealing to me is because the intended use of the boat will be daysailing or short cruises in good weather. So reefing the mainsail will be rare, because I am a beginner in sailing and I want to avoid bad weather.

I also want to avoid the extra length the bumpkin adds to the boat, being more difficult to be berthed and more exposed to damage (maybe it's just an insignificant concern).

Thanks for your intention to add the Cutter Rig sail plan to the drawings. For me it's important to finish the hull, deck and coachroof, and the Rig will follow. Maybe my concerns will change in time :-).

Best regards, Nanok.
Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 23:42   |   Subject: Design number 146
Hi Nanok

No problem. All the other pocket cruisers have cutter rig alternatives, so it's quite logical.

Yawl rigs are fun to play with when you are a more experienced sailor – as well as being quite practical. But for your purpose probably a cutter rig is preferable.

Anyway – the changes needed will be quite small. The mainmast position stays the same. Possibly the boom gets a little bit longer and the mainsail a little bit larger. That's about it!

You can also go to a sloop rig - just one headsail. For that I do have to make a few changes to the rigging – again, nothing too much.

But with a small boat, there are advantages to split rigs in that you can reduce sail area by dropping a sail, rather than reefing – so she will sail under mainsail and staysail for example.

I hope you will keep in touch and let me know how your build progresses. Photos are always very welcome indeed!

Cheers -- George