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Old 19-04-2019, 21:03   #31
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Re: junk rig, why, advantages?

Paul Howard you should have mentioned your two excellent books you co wrote with your wife. I really enjoyed reading both of them and they are part of my nautical library. Were there ever days you wished that you had more sail? Do you have another junk now?
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Old 28-04-2019, 17:13   #32
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Re: junk rig, why, advantages?

Re: quirky look - well, all boats in HK look like this I know you meant respect.


Re: performance - all other things kept similar, it beats top rigged sloops off the wind hands down.


Simple, efficient, inexpensive, elegant. Junk rig. Yes.



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I met the lady on Speedwell of Hong Kong and not once but many times, both sides of the pond. Go do this then talk doubt unk rigged boats. Also think Hassler, think Hassler - and this alone should help.


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Old 28-04-2019, 23:23   #33
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Re: junk rig, why, advantages?

Just To keep the conversation going- I have two 60’ Freya designs. I am in the process of converting the older project from a Bermuda ketch to a junk rigged schooner. Minimal structural work required. The newer build will be carbon fibre sloop rigged. Just for fun trying out the JR cos I chatted with Tom Colvin and watched several JR vessels being built and sailed successfully over many decades. Too many successful voyages by small and larger vessels to discount the rig.

There have been lots of innovations in recent years which gives lots of options in design so certainly worthwhile giving closer look. There is never one answer to any question though.
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Suggest reading "The Junks & Sampans of the Yangtze." by G.R.G. Worcester.
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Yes, some useful pics with details of rigging.

Only a couple of junk rigged vessels remaining in HK I fear. Lots of junk- like hulls but junk rigging almost disappeared except for a few tourist vessels.

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