This is a refit
from scrap material, and the sails
are cut from a 34' sloop mainsail
. The mainsail
is from the bottom half of it, the jib
is from the top.
Trying to figure out how to flatten out the mainsail, so that I dont end up with an "auto capsize' sail. This is what I eyeballed, but it needs to be fitted more, mainly in the head
. I know that the sail is old and stretched so that's my #1 problem with trying to flatten it, but I think I can get something to work
for winds under 15 knots. My first thought is to shorten the luff to remove the looseness in the throat area, and then cut a slight curve in the head
and lash the sail to the gaff. I'm unsure if a loose head would be a bad idea.
The mainsail draws really well, actually, but as it is now (in the picture) I am sure it will be waaaay to powerful in any wind
above 8 knots. Before I sew in reef points I want to flatten the sail as much as possible.
I added two sets of shrouds and running backstays
made from 1/4" amsteel blue. I will be staying out the bowsprit
, and adding the rest of the deadeyes to the shrouds. I think the rig will withstand the sail area increase just fine, but I do wonder about how fast she'll want to roll over in a gust..