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Old 23-08-2015, 05:43   #46
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Re: Marlow-Hunter Rigging.

I'm always surprised at the controversy around B&R rigs. Highly-fractional, diamond-supported, swept-spreader, no-backstay rigs are the standard on catamarans - and there is no controversy there.

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Re: Marlow-Hunter Rigging.

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I'm always surprised at the controversy around B&R rigs. Highly-fractional, diamond-supported, swept-spreader, no-backstay rigs are the standard on catamarans - and there is no controversy there.

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But...not the big radically back swept spreaders...most cats have no spreaders at all on the side stays at all.

The B&R rig obviously works, no higher failure rates than other designs that I've ever heard of, but those big back swept spreaders on a cruising boat dont make sense to me. On a high performance boat, for which they were originally designed, they make sense because the apparent wind is almost never aft of beam and it allows you to carry a big roachy main. On a cruising boat, all they do is get in the way off the wind (and not very deep off at that).

I think the primary reason Hunter went with them was to eliminate the backstay and thus open up transom access for swimming etc. So, eliminating that advantage by adding a backstay, makes no sense to me especially since it is not structurally necessary.
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Re: Marlow-Hunter Rigging.

Fractional rig is my love. B&R delivers this with on runners.


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But...not the big radically back swept spreaders...most cats have no spreaders at all on the side stays at all.
Ours spreaders are large and swept quite far back. Most others I see are also.

Maybe it is a difference in degree, and I haven't paid enough attention to the B&R in comparison.

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Ours spreaders are large and swept quite far back. Most others I see are also.

Maybe it is a difference in degree, and I haven't paid enough attention to the B&R in comparison.

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Interesting, didn't recall that about the Manta rig. Will have to look at one again (the Catana too, are those on the side stays or on a lower diamond stay?). But, IIRC, the B&Rs tend to be longer and swept further aft and so interfere with main trim off the wind.

I have none on my side stays, no need with a wide beam. The lower spreaders you see in this pic are on are on a lower diamond stay.
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