It’s been three years since I first wrote about making new sails for Tammy Norie. Since then I’ve been delayed by illness and injury, and have been getting along quite well with her existing sail, but now I’m planning to make a move.
Seeing Emmelène with a split junk rig was inspiring, because of improved light wind performance and especially the significant improvement in boat balance.
There has also been some very interesting (and sometimes fierce) debate about sail position and balance on the Junk Rig Association forums. This prompted me to experiment with my own sail position and geometry, with some very encouraging results.
But mostly, of course, I want to play around with the rigging.
Currently I’m doing several things simultaneously, as my health allows:
- Designing a new mast step that will allow me to adjust the rake of the mast up to about 5° forward.
- Making sketches of sail plans to see how they might fit.
- Sailing Tammy with the sail tied in various odd positions to see what happens.
- Experimenting with materials for making short-lived experimental sails and sail battens.
- Shoving Tammy around with a boathook to discover her centre of lateral resistance.
- Reading about Roger Taylor’s experience with his “Triple H TB” rig on Mingming II.
I hope to write more about all these activities and cover the actual construction and testing of a new rig, so I’m starting a new blog series called “A New Rig”.
Be warned that what I do is going to be experimental. This won’t be a step-by-step guide on how to build a junk rig written by an experienced constructor. (You can find that information at the Junk Rig Association.) As usual this will be me trying out ideas, making mistakes, and possibly discovering some new and useful stuff.