I thought one sail was a given on an unstayed free standing mast.
A sliding Gunter only with no real first stage lift
. Just the halyard
lifting the yard like it does on the Sunfish. The 14 foot sunfish yard straight up the backside of the mast. The mounting flange on the boom being on the end where that corner is at the back side of the mast, not in front of it. Triangular sail instead of Lateen.
The use of the yard to hoist the sail rather than a taller mast is a nod to the inexpensive Sunfish type rig. The new setup can be done using the same spars with a simple sail and mast bracket change. No bolt rope
channel needed, or even hoops. I have the ability to make a sail for it. Maybe not a perfect pro quality sail, but I have a ZigZag metal gear sewing machine
and the Sailmakers Apprentice. Pretty sure I can make a usable shaped sail with a 12 foot luff using the same pattern that I have a sample of from the 40's or 50's. Doing a socked sail that small with no special fittings should be a good first project! Guess I could do a straight sock on, but that takes a longer mast.
If I go that way, would you leave the sail the same length on each side, or would you shorten the boom? A 12 x 12 with a straight cut edge is 72 Sq. Ft. The boat is 9 feet and 46 inches wide.
The sail I have used on it is the same as the Sunfish design, only smaller. 10 foot spars. It is capable of moving the boat around pretty good, but the mast, a 1 1/8th inch tube is not up to holding the sail on a boat that doesn't heel pretty easy. A good wind
would snap or bend the mast I am afraid. An honest 20 mph wind would fold it right up. I may go get a closet rod and epoxy
a wood core
inside the tube to continue to experiment
for a while.
A Sunfish rig on it might make things really interesting.
I sailed a Sunfish last weekend, but I did not really pay that much attention to how high you could point it. I had good wind in spurts and was running back and forth across it playing. I liked it a lot for playing!
You think the Lateen sails
upwind as well as a Marconi?
Still getting more leeway than I wanted to see, so a bigger leeboard is in the works also!