Long-term planning. Getting there slowly.
Wishing you many smiles looking at dials over countless miles.
We were cruisers a long time ago, pre introduction
of policed 'safety' equipment
. We halted courses upon change of legislation creating excessive requirements for personal vessels.
Now close to finding a suitable vessel after 30 years.
And pretty happy.
Found and bought a freehold berth last year, I'm allowed 13.5 metres. Lee of dominant wind
with a 200+ft fairway that is permanently open space thanks to some commercial
berths. Hence a strong established bow keelson vessel with or without cut out aft of main rocker will be easy going.
I met some of my neighbours. Excellent. Yachting people.
Next couple of years is finding a suitable hull
. Complete hopefully. I've looked at a ketch
and a cruising rig sloop
was about 20 cm to wide, ketch
could be perfect, new rig etc but will probably sell before I'm ready. Ukraine
next month then towards serious with myself and future Mobile home.
I like forced tack sailing systems. Triangles that spear point but cruising I'd rather a flexible luff.
Plan is to use what used market brings and upgrade (or downgrade depending upon view) to a low maintenance
flexible luff rig.
? Less hands.. ain't looking at square or spinnaker
Low maintenance? Less fatigue on sail system. Flexible luff does that but costs point towards true wind
during light conditions.
1 option I really liked entertaining thoughts with is finding vessel such as Roberts that would support burying 3 unstayed masts in ship rig configuration.
routed lines . Raise, reef, sheet. All done with ease and control by an aging me.
Flexible luff system. Full battened lug sail basically. Sail able if ripped, easy to repair
on $ costs after initial principal of refit
. Low cost of weight on lines too for lazy sailing.
An ever higher point of sail with an ever higher growth of wind strength.
Off point on light wind tacking and simple fear of lightning
strike can be rerouted to a higher point in light winds (self tacking ain't a problem) and an easy electrical
path to ocean via a lightning
tip connectors and a second forward fore halyard
with a deck
eye near bow.
Point like a Bermuda
if needed, ease luff of triangle and point with strength along loose luff if required or simply pilot strength of wind via simple junk rig
thus developing torque, rpm
, power system that's alot stronger than a pointing Bermuda
or ketch or similar when times get rough yet reef able on instant via 1 hand tension line cleat per mast
I hope that helps some dreamers..
Because simple physics. Hedsail on sloop, Bermuda, etc is designed to spear wind. Great advantages, yes.
Disadvantages include sail wear and simply a fixed luff as wide as the forestay and skin of sail covering such contributing to a large percentage of why the vessel heels; Rotation.
Flexible luffs sail flatter when wind grows strength. Simply weird truth seeking true wind yet being tack full.