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Old 20-06-2022, 17:00   #1
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Re-rig Fisher 31

If I could afford the boat i would really like it would be a diesel duck seahorse marine , However i own a fisher 31 Motor sailor I know nothing about sailing and this boat is ketch rigged Double mast , I am 66 years old with some Significant disability Crushed feet Arthritis and back and knee problems , Anyway rerigging the boat to be more like a diesel duck all controlled from the Cockpit , What would you all recommend leave it alone and just Hoist the sails that I need or remove one of the mast and convert it more like a diesel duck Pictured hopefully Click image for larger version

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Old 20-06-2022, 17:19   #2
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If I could afford the boat i would really like it would be a diesel duck seahorse marine , However i own a fisher 31 Motor sailor I know nothing about sailing and this boat is ketch rigged Double mast , I am 66 years old with some Significant disability Crushed feet Arthritis and back and knee problems , Anyway rerigging the boat to be more like a diesel duck all controlled from the Cockpit , What would you all recommend leave it alone and just Hoist the sails that I need or remove one of the mast and convert it more like a diesel duck Pictured hopefully Attachment 259759
Hi, I have a fisher 32, an aussie built version of the fisher, sloop rigged with all controls to the cockpit and find it easy to solo. Before removing any of the rigging I would suggest that you try sailing with the rig set up in various combinations ie: main and jib and then jib and jigger (or jib on the main mast and the sail on the aft mast). Try the various combinations before you spend the considerable time and resources needed to change it while reducing it's inherent resale value.
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Old 20-06-2022, 17:33   #3
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If I could afford the boat i would really like it would be a diesel duck seahorse marine , However i own a fisher 31 Motor sailor I know nothing about sailing and this boat is ketch rigged Double mast , I am 66 years old with some Significant disability Crushed feet Arthritis and back and knee problems , Anyway rerigging the boat to be more like a diesel duck all controlled from the Cockpit , What would you all recommend leave it alone and just Hoist the sails that I need or remove one of the mast and convert it more like a diesel duck Pictured hopefully Attachment 259759
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Hi, I have a fisher 32, an aussie built version of the fisher, sloop rigged with all controls to the cockpit and find it easy to solo. Before removing any of the rigging I would suggest that you try sailing with the rig set up in various combinations ie: main and jib and then jib and jigger (or jib on the main mast and the sail on the aft mast). Try the various combinations before you spend the considerable time and resources needed to change it while reducing it's inherent resale value.
Thanks for your reply , I traveled the Washington coast many times and I donít think Iíve ever seen a sailboat with the sailís up , it would be nice to think one day Iíll cross an ocean however most likely the boat will travel down the West Coast to Alaska and Iím not so sure sailing is even feasible , Something rigged more like a diesel duck with paravanes might be more useful for me maximum fuel economy and stability
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Hmm, you would be the owner of Scuttlebutt? I believe there were only 3-4 Fisher 31 Ketches made.
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The moment of the masts is part of the stability/motion calculations for a sailboat. A sailboat without masts has a different motion than one with the rigs in. Something to think about when considering changing weight aloft.
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