Originally Posted by Steady Hand
You seem to be fixed on the "the bendy" issue or description.
Don't focus too much on my use of bendy. It is just my cheeky catch all word for free standing mast
Anyway, by any definition of the word I would suggest free standing rigs when measured against the vast number of stayed rigs we have has to be considered "unconventional". However, this does not mean I am saying that being unconventional is a bad thing or in fact that a free standing rig is "physically" a bad performer by comparison to a stayed mast
. What I am saying if I may coin a Darwinian analogy for a moment is that the economic proposition presented by free standing masts due to the inherent engineering problem does not exactly provide for free standers to be the fittest of the species economically.
It is also especially difficult for the free standing masts to justify themselves on that middle ground of second gear
where a normal stayed mast can complement power with a foresail yet a free standing mast need either a taller mast or a mizzen mast.
This is somewhat of a guesstimate but I am suggesting a free standing boat designed from the bottom up is going to be 20% more in capital cost than a stayed boat, especially when we are focussing around 45 foot and have to consider the need for two un-stayed masts to provide the power we need. - Big cost!
In the real world this means I could buy a bigger boat for the same price
if I was to choose instead a stayed rig and take the advantages of scale that a bigger boat would provide. Sure I would have the headache of a stayed mast but it would still be the best option for most because it translates to greater hull
length. Yep, Some will go for a free standing mast option but they will be small in number and this is what we see in the real world too.
I take on board your points about Junks etc but I am not sure it is so relevant. Modern junks are motor
sailors really and I am not so sure an old fashion ocean going sailing junk was not stayed anyway.
My point is simple really in its motion that dollar for dollar, choosing the stayed option will get you a bigger boat which in turn would give you generally better performance than the smaller un-stayed boat. It may seem unfair to use money
as the indexing bench mark but we have no choice and is why we don’t see the un-stayed boat in equal numbers to that of stayed because the price points and economics are simply not justifiable. It makes no sense to buy a boat with free standing mast because at this time you could always buy a bigger and better boat with a non free standing mast for the same money