Welcome to the Junk Rig Association (JRA)


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Formed in 1979 at the Southampton Boat Show by a group of junk rig enthusiasts, the JRA (Junk Rig Association) is for its members and about their boats and their rigs. We aim to: promote the use of the junk rig by encouraging members to organise 'rallies' and 'junkets' (see About Us) and via our tri-annual Magazine and this site; encourage the development of junk and related rigs, the building or conversion of boats to the junk rig, and the use of vessels with the rig or its derivatives; create an international community of people who've already 'junked' their boat, are thinking of doing so, or are just interested in learning what it's all about.  

About the Junk Rig

The 3D model below and video give a little information about how the junk rig works, and about what many consider to be its greatest advantage - the ability to reef quickly and efficiently without, in most instances, leaving the safety of the cockpit or purchasing the expensive kit that bermudan rig boats use to achieve the same result.  Further models, a glossary of Junk Rig terms and a larger version of the video can be found under Junk Information - About the Junk Rig.

Where are we based?

We were formed in the UK, and although our 'office' address and banking remains in the UK we are run by an increasingly international Committee via the Internet. A number of posts become vacant every year, at the AGM, so if you choose to join you could also put your name forward to help run the 'club'. It doesn't run itself. Our membership is now more than 50% outside the UK. Click the chart for detail.

Featured Boat

July 2020 Colne

Hazel Samways describes progress on her massive project, the restoration of a 52’ three-masted, junk-rigged ferrocement, Bruce Roberts ‘Spray’ design

I was looking for a live-aboard. I found her abandoned in a boatyard in St Osyth Essex. All her windows had been smashed, hatches left open and filled with rubbish, half full of water and anything of value had been removed. I could not bear to see her left to get worse and it was agreed the boatyard would move her onto the hard, so I could inspect the hull before making a decision. I discovered she was ‘triple keeled’ and that the hull, after pressure washing, was sound.

I press-ganged some volunteers and we started pumping and clearing her out. Then we pressure washed her decks and inside the hull, applied two coats of garage floor paint, inside and out, and ordered new windows. The wooden floorboards were swollen and the water tanks were full of rainwater and had to be pumped and cleaned, and treated with Milton fluid. New water pumps and a waste system gave us a working galley. The hardwood doors and frames had dried out without a mark, which was a huge bonus, and we were able to brew coffee and tea to keep us going.

The engine and generator have suffered from being submerged. A reconditioned 110hp Lehman six cylinder Ford was a straight swap, though the engine mountings have to be reconfigured. I found a new generator. The 24volt system has been largely replaced: with two batteries each, for house, engine and anchor winch. Re-fitting of the interior has been the easiest part as I’ve been doing carpentry since leaving school. I’ve completely stripped the rear cabin, including the steering mechanism (a Morris Minor steering box which is to be replaced by hydraulics.)

One of the major problems has been the sails and rigging.  The halyards were jammed in the blocks at the top of the mast, so I was not able to pull through a “mouse line”.  They were tangled up with the lazyjacks, and the booms, making quite a mess, so the only alternative was to cut away as much possible to release the sails.  I found the fore and mizzen were perished, but fortunately the main was OK.

I have insulated the hull using foil, with battens to provide an air gap, finishing with 9mm moisture resistant MDF, bead and butt.  (This made the purists to shake their head, however they now agree it looks good, and it’s economical).  So now I have a stern cabin with two bunks, a seating area and quite a lot of storage.  The en-suite (heads) was a mess, with a shower tray that emptied into the bilge.  I have installed a waste water, pumped system, and I’m creating a hip bath arrangement.  (I got the idea from a picture of Nelson’s Victory. If it was good enough for him, it will do for me!)

I’ve also refitted the wheelhouse and the companionway. This gives a large chart desk, with storage underneath.  With the ‘lockdown’ for the Covid 19 virus, work has halted.

Hazel (aka Ian) Samways, a remarkable person who is 73 and undertaking the enormous task of refurbishing this three-masted junk, will appreciate help and/or advice on setting up the rig, either on the fora or by private email (see membership list for email address).


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Get Started

Via this page you can, even as a non-member, access many of our resources and explore our services.

To get full access you'll need to become a member - click JOIN US in the menu on the left.

Some of the things you can do even before you join include:
  • Download Ash Woods'  easy-to read Beginners' Tour [pdf, 108 Kb]. Ash wrote this for us while he was still a 'newbie'. Thanks, Ash.
  • Watch a YouTube presentation created as a junk intro for yacht clubs, odownload as a pdf [7 Mb].
  • Download Arne Kverneland's pdf [987 Kb] 'Junk Rig for Beginners' in English or French. Arne has put much thought and energy into developing cambered panel rigs. This article - one of many which you can find here - goes back to basics. It's a great read before you tackle something just as essential - Hasler/McLeods' bible Practical Junk Rig.
  • Explore membership benefits in About Us - scroll up until you see the menu on the left.
  • Find out about junks in Junk Information.
  • Browse some of the latest forum posts (right).
  • Check out photographs of members' boats in our own ever-expanding Photo Gallery.

  • Watch these Google videos or see some stills by clicking on the mosaic at the top of this page.
  • Use the search box below to explore the public pages of the site.

So lower your sails (easy in a junk) and Join Us. For how to see the menu on the left). We're great value.

Converting your boat to junk rig is the best thing you can do to improve her safety and efficiency!


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