I have had Bobtail for three years, it was designed as a cruiser/sailer but for some obscure reason a mast was never fitted... for some time I have contemplated fitting one but it seemed too complicated... then I was lent a copy of "Practical JUnk Rig" ... the rest is history! I have just started the conversion and have a blog to keep a record of the progress ... I hope you find it interesting and I would welcome any comments or contributions you may have. Regards Chris Vossel-Newman
Add a boltrope
Chris, I am generally very much for using cambered panels in the junk sails, but in this case, when it is meant for a motor sailer, I can see Annie’s point of making it flat. However, I think that even the flat sail should be given a proper boltrope all-round. The best is to hand-stitch on a pre-stretched rope (an old halyard would do fine). This keeps the luff and leech just that little tauter and stiffer, and combined with the rope’s weight seems to prevent fluttering to start. A flat sail which is only hemmed at the edges ( as shown in PJR) is fairly prone to start fluttering and this may shorten the life of the sail - and it is quite annoying to watch too.
Now, hand-stitching on a boltrope sounds like a daunting project, but if you do it the Chinese way, it will not be that bad. I have described the method in chapter 5 of "The cambered panel junk rig" found elsewhere on this page. I remember I roped a 32sqm sail in 8 hours sharp and that included splicing in a number of hoops for the battens to rest in.
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