Progress has been rather slow lately. I have a good excuse because various social commitments and my demanding day job gives me insufficient spare time for the building project. I also have a physical problem because of an overload of my back, which is being treated by a physiotherapist.
In reality ….. there is a little less devotion for the project at the moment.
So high time for a holiday break.
This is also the moment to rethink some design aspects and I encourage the reader to give his or her opinion by a reply on this post about the following two subjects:
1. Deck stepped boom
2. Self tacking jib with jib boom (no Hoyt)
I am more a cruiser than a racer, however I like shorthanded long distance racing. I am a lazy cruiser and I’m getting older. Our best first mate is the auto pilot, even while tacking. I am looking for the ultimate convenient handling of sails. The main sail is on batten cars and has slab reefing. For my wife I will mount an electrical winch for hoisting the main sail. Smoothly reefing has my highest priority. A rolling main sail (either way) is no option and I am not particularly fond of jib furlers. So, this got me thinking of the following :
1. Deck stepped boom. Because of the rotating mast there are no problems with the alignment of main sheet, reefing lines, outhaul etc. going back to the cockpit and the sail stack is not too high to reach the upper sail batten.
2. Self tacking jib. I have two problems with this. First, sail trim is not optimal and two, the hole of the daggerboard case blocks the mounting of the sheet track.
But a self tacking jib is sooo convenient. That is why I am thinking of a jib boom. With the (carbon) boom the sheet track can be moved to a position between deck hatch and daggerboard case and sail shape can be optimal trimmed by the jib sheet, the outhaul and the position of the outhaul block on the boom.
Furthermore, a hank-on jib can be slab reefed (from cockpit). Actually, in short trimming and reefing possibilities of the jib on a boom can be the same as the main sail.
I can see some downsides, as the installation is a little complicated, a little more weight, it is an obstacle on the foredeck and not for nothing a jib boom is also called a “widow maker”
But for me it can make the difference between “tacking to our destination” or “starting the engine”.
Am I missing something ?
Back from holiday I have to build in the bow tube and that is also the moment to build in yes or no the pivot for the jib boom.
What do you think ?