Originally Posted by NevisDog
Yes. Besides the simple rig, the inside layout is the attraction - 32 ft and room to swing a cat! (Those comments about 'big enough to live with crew for more than 2 days' are important.) Hard to find anything on stability though.
So, about the catboat rig, - how easy to reef down
to storm sails?
Uncored hulls of the Tanton would be my preference but I'm not sure they've built smaller yachts to match my budget.
What follows is not written from personal experience with these boats, but is added to continue the discussion. I am NOT an expert on these boats, so take my comments with a splash of saltwater.
How to reef a catboat rig? Or Wishbone Rig?
As I recall
, this is discussed and illustrated very completely on the NONSUCH (brand) videos.
I suggest you (or others interested) take a look at the videos I will embed below.
I found it interesting last year (fuzzy recall
now) and it clearly shows how easy (relatively speaking) the rig can be for shorthanded or singlehanded sailing.
Here are a few promotional videos (old) from the maker. They explain the wishbone boom rig etc.
Close Hauled 25knts
Nonsuch 26 in 30-35kt wind
Nonsuch 33 Singlehanded 7.3 knots in about 16knots of wind
Nonsuch Sail Trim by Expert (sailmaker)
As for "storm sails?"
I think the answer is first to DEEP reef (to minimum sail area) the sail.
If that is still too much, drop the main and use a trysail or storm sail (if the mast supports a second sail track).
Or, if one is really in the high winds (survival conditions), I suspect the "bare poles" would be enough to provide steerage speed. But, at that point I would be trailing a Jordan Series Drogue
and running very slowly downwind anyway (assuming sea room).
Also, I suspect (do not know for a fact) that the total effective windage
of the two unstayed masts, even though they are greater in diameter than a typical aluminum
mast, would be LESS than the total effective windage
of a pair of stayed masts with their wire standing rigging
included and spreaders.
Up above someone mentioned a biplane that has wires, struts, etc. Those wires and supporting struts (like spreaders on a boat's mast) do present or cause much more air drag and turbulence than one might expect, despite their small diameter). Aerodynamics (wind tunnel type stuff) and practical experience with airplane design development has proven that over 100 years of development.
Tree Trunk Unstayed Masts?
Also, in response to the comment about "tree trunk" masts, those do not bother me at all
, and I really like aesthetics of boats (I am an artist, so how they look matters to me). To my eyes, they look "clean and simple" and that looks good to me. As I see it, they also look very practical, modern, and even "better" because as I see it: Less wire + Less fittings = less to fail under stress or with time.