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Old 23-07-2012, 01:15   #1
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How is your yacht rigged?

How is your yach rigged? How long is you yacht, how tall is the mast, do you like your rig? If you could would you have a different rig?

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Old 23-07-2012, 19:50   #2
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

LT. Much depends on what size boat you think you need to cruise on? A 30 foot sloop is just fine but if you are going offshore in an above 35 footer a cutter would be more practical. If you want a MANLY 45 foot cutter, can your significant other handle the boat if you sprain or break a wrist a 1000 miles from shore? At or above 45 foot a ketch with double headsails might be more practicle, especially if you are like me(almost medicare age). My own preferance is for a cutter with a reefable hanked on stayail and a roller reefing jib or genoa, and 3 reefs in the main. It gives you the least trips to the foredeck in a blow. Just remember that more boats are lost to poor anchoring skills than sailing skills.______Grant.

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Old 23-07-2012, 20:14   #3
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

Pretty much exactly what Grant said. I have owned sloops, 33' and 36', ketch 58' and now a cutter 42'. Love the cutter and love the size. Big enough for comfort, easier motion than a 33' but not so big I can't handle it by myself.

Also have a hank on staysail and a roller furling jib and a triple reef main.

As I think about it that guy Grant must be a pretty smart fellow.

My wife is fairly petite and probably couldn't handle anything much bigger than a Laser so if I break my wrist I better have a spare crew member.
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Old 23-07-2012, 20:18   #4
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

I had a Catalina 30 sloop for 21 years.....loved it but wanted more....something more traditional. We got a CT41 ketch.....beautiful......lots of wood, lots of work. Love sailing the ketch........more sail combinations, more fun.
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Old 23-07-2012, 21:43   #5
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

Simple and strong.
gaff ketch, up to 7 sails
deadeyes, 7x19 shrouds, no backstays, heavy sails, no roller twirling,lazyjacks,murray sheet winches, no genoa
simple is not the same as easy
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Old 23-07-2012, 22:00   #6
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

42 foot cutter rigged performance cruiser.. tall mast at 68 feet and deep fin keel..
forsail is roller furled, staysail is hanked on, and main is full batton with 3 reef points, (we are using check stays)
At 42 feet, she's easy to handle for myself or my wife, gives us a fast passage with the ability to shorten the sails if the boat becomes overpowered..
I think you'll find many boats cruising that are rigged the same and about the same size.. A 42 is a good size for comfort and speed, and a cutter is a great combo and easy to handle..
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Re: How is your yacht rigged?

Vancouver 27 and Cutter rigged, furling yankee, hanked staysail and a main with 3 big reefs with reefs 2 & 3 with 2 lines each back to the cockpit oh and a storm jib for when it gets really messy. Crossed the atlantic X 3 and a circumnavigation 1990 to 1993. If I had a bigger boat I would go for a cutter or ketch or maybe a junk we try not to beat its only racers that do that and the bermudan sloop suits that too.

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