I am in the unending process of restoring an Ingrid ketch
that I purchased four years ago. Brought it down from Seattle
to Eureka, Calif. same unfriendly coast but enjoyed a relatively uneventful trip in mid-Sept. Mostly lucky I think.
There is some gaff-rig Ingrid history
out there. When I was looking for my Ingrid there was a gaff-rig for sale
in the SF Bay
area, "Muir Cat". It was sold and I don't know where it is now. I had seriously considered it mainly because I liked the rig, the tan-bark sails didn't hurt the appeal either. Interior
layout issues took me to another boat. Maybe someone out has seen Muir Cat recently?
Check out this site: Ingrid home page
. There is an excellent photo
of a gaff rigged Ingrid anchored in La Paz
in 1994. Go to the "Old La Paz
gathering of Ingrids". The boats name is "Pilar". Should be a bit of inspiration. Maybe not the best or most efficient rig but it sure looks like it belongs there. I guess I belong in the "romance" group.
This particular Ingrid site is very informative, lots of photos.
There is a 42' Westsail parked on the next dock
across from me for the winter. Also gaff-rigged and looks great! I haven't met the owner but my sense is that there isn't much to go wrong there that couldn't be repaired almost anywhere.
So it has been done and it appears successfully.