"Too different. Too ugly."
I've always been attracted to "different."
But then, I prefer VWs to Porsches.
"The good news is that S/H junk rigged boats are cheaper because of it."
Good for the buyer, anyway.
eye on the eventual sale
of the boat
no doubt inhibits a fair number of cruisers
from building themselves a junk-rigged vessel.
"the only boats ive seen with it looked a little...fragile... for the south seas"
Yes, the lack of stays and shrouds
can be disconcerting at first.
Not only is the rig robust, however,
it is readily repaired,
requires no onboard "sail inventory",
works reasonably well with even very low-grade materials,
places far less stress on the hull
and doesn't depend on the integrity
of each of a large number of components
to remain functional.
It protects its fragile human operators, too,
as reefing can literally be accomplished from below decks
and there is no jib
to reef, replace, or hand
during rough weather
Not to mention the built-in mast
(so long as the halyard
"think about how much thought and experience has gone into developing the fundamentals of this boat"
The evolution of the "fully-battened Chinese square sail"
definitely has more history
Some of the most experienced sailors in the world
have admired the rig.
Joshua Slocum was one of the top Clipper captains
during the hay day of sail,
and when he built the Liberdade from scratch
to carry his family
safely from Brazil
to New York
he chose the junk rig
""Her rig was the Chinese sampan style,
which is, I consider,
the most convenient boat rig in the whole world."
Robert sailor wrote,
"Junk Rigs...cool rigs actually but never made it to the mainstream."
In the West, that's true.
World wide I'm pretty sure there are
more junk-rigged boats than Marconi-rigged,
and that's certainly the case historically.
For reasons that I fail to grok,
Western manufacturers and the buying
love to mimic the trends in racing
whether it makes sense or not.
They screw traction wings onto the trunks of cars
that will never see 75 mph
and mould faux wind-tunnel aerodynamic shapes
onto 4-wheel-drive work trucks
with eight cylinders and 4-barrel carbs.
And public opinion, alas,
is largely shaped by advertising.
It's true that junk rigs are a bit slower upwind
and cannot point as high as properly-tuned Marconi rigs
with perfectly-cut sails
but the same might be said
of the average Marconi-rigged cruising vessel.
My experiences may not be representative,
but I've talked with a fair number of radio-tower sailors
who were hugely surprised and positively impressed
by their first hands-on Junk rig
and I don't recall
one with the opposite response.
Not that I care whether anyone else uses Junks;
I'd just like to see more people
have a chance to try them out for themselves.
The cost and safety
make the Chinese rig worth considering.