Hi all! I know there is the junkrigassociation.org but they want £7 paid and ive been away from home for years and living off cash. I am going back to uk next month and would love to meet up with any junk rig
owners to sail/ check out their boat
. Im not the most experienced sailor but been crewing
deliveries around asia
spending weeks at a time at sea so im beginning get the jist of things and super interested in this rig.
I have already acquired an old westerly nomad 22ft waiting on return and am hoping to junk rig
it but have a bunch of newbie questions id love answered, in fact i will have more as time goes on.
1) ive looked on internet
but cant find an answer, im sure it obvious but... why does the mast
need to be changed if force is less? why cant the existing mast
be moved forward? can i keep the decked stepped mast system on a nomad or do i need to cut a hole?
2) can a mast be used from a larger scrap boat
and cut down? i see lamp posts being used if it needs to be larger can i source an old mast and cut the top off?
3) how are the battens attached to the sail? ill most likely be using bamboo.
4) on the westerly nomad would just in front of the forward hatch
be the place to put the mast? would it need to be raked forward?
5) on sewing the sails
im planning using sunshade canvas
and straight stitching with a normal sewing machine
... what thread is best???
any help will be greatly appreciated.... and remember, any uk junk sailors please get in touch, in fact anyone i can correspond on this topic with.