Hello, I am new to sailing, when I say new I mean real new I've only ever been on one sailboat for one day and that was 15 years ago. But the last few months I've become very interested. And I'm very interested in the freestanding mast
idea. As someone who has owned a welding business for 17 years I can appreciate simplicity on many levels(building, maintenance
, peace of mind) it's been a long time since anyone has commented on this thread. So maybe none of the people who were originally in the conversation will read this, but I binge read this whole thread in about an hour and a half. It is one of the most informational rabbit holes I've been down in a long time. So thanks for that!
With my limited knowledge I have a bit of an analogy that I think fits in with a more well known sublect, in regards to the arguments on the thread... so the whole world seems to be wanting to get away from or improve the burning of fossil fuels and there's all sorts of ideas and such to do so. But you don't hear any mention of going back to the old ways of horse and buggy, which always bothers me. But anyway there's plenty of places in the world that still rely solely on true "horse" power
. And they get along just fine. Tried, true, steady! I'm learning
that if I'm going to possibly build a sailboat someday, which I'm slowly talking myself into more and more. Some type of freestanding junk rig
, or gaffrig, is going to be the ticket. Tried, true, steady.
Sorry that is probably a terrible analogy, but it makes sense to me, haha, thanks for all the info!