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Old 01-08-2013, 02:30   #1
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Brigantine Rig 53ft

I am looking at Buying a Brigantine Rig 53ft Vessel is a steel constructed ocean going yacht, ‘Roberts’ “Spray” design.

can any one give me any pointers ?
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:32   #2
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Is this your first boat? If yes, then you might want to get a simpler fiberglass sloop-rigged boat and learn the ins and outs of maintenance and boat management before taking on a steel boat with a complex rig.
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Thanks - but she is a very nice boat - I am sure that I can learn the " Ropes "
and it is a good deal at the right place at the right time

I can always remove the square rigs to simplify things
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Indigo Sky.
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Hi.... Welcome to CF..
Seems your minds made up mate so just buy the boat... then come back with any snags after.. lots of folk here who'll be happy to tell you how to proceed
I would but I don't no nuffin..
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Thanks Boatman 61- Not completely made up - you see I live in Papua New Guinea
so there are only so many boats here to choose from - and No berths left in the marina
so I really have to pick the best from what is here that comes with a berth

and this " Blue Knight " seems like a very solid boat - the current owner has had her for 10 years and is the Captain at the RPYC so I figure that all I have to do is learn how to sail a Brigantine ........... one sail at a time .
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Thanks Boatman 61- Not completely made up - you see I live in Papua New Guinea
so there are only so many boats here to choose from - and No berths left in the marina
so I really have to pick the best from what is here that comes with a berth

and this " Blue Knight " seems like a very solid boat - the current owner has had her for 10 years and is the Captain at the RPYC so I figure that all I have to do is learn how to sail a Brigantine ........... one sail at a time .
Having seen the boat makes it easier to suggest a few things...
First you've a ketch set-up so sail her with Jib and Mizzen when the winds forward of the beam... and use the square rig for running before...
Fine tuning your technique comes later as you find out how the boat responds... looks a nice boat..
Can you not get the owner to give you a sea trial..?
best wishes..
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Thanks
Yes we will take her for a run - as soon as some works have been complete
and I will have plenty of time to fine tune my style - as I will be living onboard for quite some time
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Learn some good sea chanteys for when you have to get your crew to stamp and go at the capstan.
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What a beautiful boat!

I have never sailed with square rig but I have read the accounts of many who have. The common refrain is that square rig is very powerful from a beam reach on down and that square sails damp rolling, making them the best rig for down wind sailing.

Good luck with the boat. I think you'll enjoy her.
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Nice looking boat ..I would buy now, regret later..Lol
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Thanks - but she is a very nice boat - I am sure that I can learn the " Ropes "
and it is a good deal at the right place at the right time

I can always remove the square rigs to simplify things
Bite your tongue!

That's a beautiful boat! I can see why you want to own her. I've crewed on a couple of brigantines. They make an excellent rig. One hand should be able to handle the aloft duties on a boat that size. As far as tacking and gybeing, it's not any more complicated, just a little different. You won't be able to point quite as high, but all other points of sail, well, just look at how much sail you have high up there, where it counts!

Feel free to PM me if you have questions.
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Thanks for the insightful feed back , support and Encouragement - and Yes I am in due process in the purchase Her -
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