Friday, January 21, 2011
Hardangersjekte Valgerda Lug Sail
There has been rain non-stop for weeks and I've been reluctant to uncover the faering and set up the new mast, but we've had a welcome respite and a bit of clear weather so this is the result.
The mast is set up with guy ropes in place of standing rigging and the lines marked for future reference (shrouds and stays forthwith...). The mast and yard have never been tried, yet they work together nicely - meaning the math worked out - which is always rewarding.
It appears that the stays, which are included in the original design, will interfere with the free run of the yard. In fact, on a downwind run, the yard will bind between the stay and the mast in an alarming fashion. Does anyone out there have experience with running stays? I think I will need to devise a method of relieving the leeward stay, much the same as one would with a running back-stay.
I can see from this mock-up where the halyard cleat needs to lead and where to place the downhaul, though it would have been more informative to rig the boom. All of the boats in Doryman's boatyard are sequestered away under tarps for the winter and in this case there are a few tree branches that interfere with everything, but no matter, enough information was gathered from this experiment to move forward.
"Lose not a minute!", as Captain Jack Aubrey would say.