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The Shipyard ( Dry Dock ): Builds & Questions => Yachts and Sail => Topic started by: g4yvm on August 22, 2013, 10:25:20 am

Title: A B and C rigs
Post by: g4yvm on August 22, 2013, 10:25:20 am
I appreciate that a yacht has a variety of sails in her lockers, nominal numbers 0 through to the depth of the owners pocket, BUT, on model yachts (esp the Dragon Im buying) we seem to have A B and C rigs.


Looking at the pictures the rigs seem to fall, from A to C, in aspect ratio.  I assume, but cant tell, that the area of canvas also falls so that she sails in stronger wind.


Firstly, is this true?


Secondly, why the change in rig? Why not simply hank on a smaller sail (like reefing or hanking on storm sails). 


I see the different rigs on the Dragons arent terribly expensive, but I cant see the point either. when one could simply cut new sails (esp as they are flat sails).


David
Title: Re: A B and C rigs
Post by: john44 on August 22, 2013, 01:21:06 pm
Hi David, you are correct in thinking the sails reduce in size dependent on the
prevailing wind speed.On my IOM I have No,s 1,2 & 3 sail sets No 1 being the largest
It would not be practical and very time consuming to ( hank on a smaller sail)
as the sail setting are totally different, an the smaller sets the mast,booms,spreaders
are smaller the sail are set differently, etc,etc, so it is much easier and quicker
to change the complete sail especially during competition if the wind picks up.

hope this helps

john
Title: Re: A B and C rigs
Post by: g4yvm on August 22, 2013, 01:36:11 pm
Thanks John. That makes sense!

D