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Old 19-10-2004, 18:38   #1
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Opinions, Please - Junk Rig

I've been reading Voyaging on a Small Income. In that book, the virtues of a junk rig are discussed...particularly that they can be easily handled by someone without a lot of strength (that would be me....). Crusing Under Sail mentions that the disadvantage is a lack of additional sails to be set in light weather and possible chafing in the parrels.

So here is my question: does anyone have experience or know about this type of rigging? What are your opinions?

When we do our cruising retirement (60, 70, etc ages) I need to know that we will be able to handle the sails in all types of weather and am thinking that a junk rig might be easier to deal with than most other configurations.

What is the good and the bad?

Thanks for your input!
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Here was a whole thread on junk rigs that might interest you!

http://cruisersforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=482

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Old 30-03-2010, 23:42   #4
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Are you still out there? This post was a long time ago. I am new here and just wondering. I built and have been cruising on a Benford Dory, the Badger design, junk rig and all, but will not mess with more words unless you are still out there and interested. Evening, Greg
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I've been reading Voyaging on a Small Income. In that book, the virtues of a junk rig are discussed...particularly that they can be easily handled by someone without a lot of strength (that would be me....). Crusing Under Sail mentions that the disadvantage is a lack of additional sails to be set in light weather and possible chafing in the parrels.

So here is my question: does anyone have experience or know about this type of rigging? What are your opinions?

When we do our cruising retirement (60, 70, etc ages) I need to know that we will be able to handle the sails in all types of weather and am thinking that a junk rig might be easier to deal with than most other configurations.

What is the good and the bad?

Thanks for your input!
I have designed and sailed many junk rigged yachts. As for more sail if you have a small bowsprit say 3ft long you can run up a cruising shute and when trying to go to windward a small jib is very handy. Luf parrell wear is simple to cure you cover the parrells with some alcathene plastic water tube. If you would like any more help or advice please contact me on psg1640@gmail.com
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Old 06-04-2010, 18:30   #6
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Hello Feesgood

Annie Hill really does a good job in her book. We built the same boat, with a few of my own changes.

I would never cruise long term on any other rig. We are spoiled by its ease. The other fellow that replied has it right I would say. I messed around a bit with adding a jury rigged bowsprit and borrowed friends head sails to see how it would help to windward. It for sure did, but not so much for what we do to make me want to rig one up full time. Extra gear, extra work up forward, extra cost, no need. But it did help.

Chafe, well, I figure all rigs chafe. The nice thing about this rig is that even if you lose one or several parrells, or batten ties, even a sheet part, nothing dramatic happens. All have happened to me. If the weather permits I fix it then, if not, adjust and keep going, no worries.

Usually I simple do regular visual inspections as we sail, rarely does any thing let go all of a sudden. I just make it part of maintenance to replace the bits as needed.

My wife can do everything on the boat without the help of any winches. We have two small single speen winches to help top up the sail when running and do not what to alter course to deal with it, but that is all.

Well, have to go. Check out my site, pictures and attempts at writing there.
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