When I bought
original mast had been used for many years to support a heavy
Un-stepped and laid along the deck, not only had it become warped but
had also several deep shakes running up it. There was also some rot,
meant that it was not worth putting back up.
I came across an article
in PBO about junk
rig shortly after starting work on Mignonne.
I then re-designed
fore deck to take an
un-stayed mast, with the help of a copy of H. G. Hasler, J. K.
plus lots of information from the JRA.
By the time, I was ready
a mast I
had acquired a Telegraph pole for free. It had been taken down to make
for a new building so it was in excellent condition and was well
soaked in preservative.
Planed and shaped, and
with a truck added
all it need were fittings.
These I was able to buy
from boat jumbles
and modify to suit.
The flat panels of
lightweight cloth were
simple to sew on my trusty old sewing machine.
I made each unsupported
area of cloth as a
The tan areas I cut from
an old set of
Bermudan sails the contrasting yellow panels are of lightweight cloth,
I had to buy.
I'm hoping that the gaps
panels will increase the turbulence on the leeward side of the sail.
'experts' seem to believe that like the bumblebee the junk rig
uses the turbulence rather than laminar flow to give it lift.
Because of this sailing,
the Chinese junk
rig requires one to unlearn almost everything that has been learned
Because of the balance,
there is no luffing
action so the rig never stops sailing and the leading edge of the sail
one nothing of significance.
still trying to
get to figure out how to get the most from it. On my trip from Milford
Chepstow I was gratified to find that she would sail herself for most
journey with the tiller lashed.
This meant that I could keep watch and
at the chart table.
On one of my first
outings with Mignonne
when I didn't even have the rig, set up any way near properly,
I had the great
satisfaction in out running
a larger, plastic boat, Bermudan rigged, sailing under a huge Genoa.
was having trouble keeping the sail full due to the fluky winds, I just
to hold my course the batons taking care of the set of the sail. Yes!!
By the end of this next
season, I should be
able to comment on more fully on my Chinese junk rig's handling, I
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