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  1. Just borrowed this half hull of Endeavour from my YC mate who worked on the restoration - one was given to each of those involved.
  2. Well- i had always assumed that default was to dip the lug. Until I saw a two masted lugger which used to pass below my window when I over looked Plymouth sound and she often had both sets against the mast OR we have this version . I suspect that the lug sail being a less efficient sail there could be much more room for skippers preference but i think that dipping the lug is for smaller vesels and indeed with some versions of lugger rig you simply cannot " cross sides."
  3. This fairly standard - hoisted often through a pulley at top of mast - downhaul usually just a lashing but can be fancier and a sheet to the corner. Can be boomed or loose footed This one an unusual pic because it shows the sail pressing against the mast. Most people assume that on tacking you dip the spar around the mast to the oterh side, but on a small vessel where you dont seek performance you can just leave it and let the sail press against the mast as this one is
  4. Thats really really nice work - congratulations. I started about the same time as you - so now I shall go and sulk and then start my second planking !!!
  5. Good point Roger - But I can assure you that i even with a stay when a jib he gets to a certain size controlling it when lowering can be some task ! But if you have the luff to a stay you cant use a traveller - UNLESS the stay is running and comes back from the cap to the deck and can be freed to allow the sail to come back with the traveller Rereading the original quote it may be talking about that - hauling the stay out to the cap.
  6. Manged to link that video I was referring to earlier - me skippering Equinoxe round the Needles - long long long ago - when I was thin - beardy bloke on left! But you can see the traveller well i think Traveller Vid
  7. I have just reread the section from the book above. I think you may be misreading it. First it is STARTING with the stay and the traveller fully out ....and heaving the sail to it - sounds like some poor soul is out on the sprit ! I think the phrase " jib-boom end (if required), and set the stay up." is just allowing for the fact that you would want to possibly do a final adjustment tweak - if required - since the traveller is already out from the start . Makes sense to get the sail fixed points set before - as it says - you finally set up the stay tension There are some other practical issues when considering postioning a jib sail - if it is set and tensioned other than at the end of the sprit then firstly the angle of the luff " stay" may cause difficulties with other foresails if any, and the sail, if not reefed, would have the sheets starting wayyyyyy back in the vessel - and the intended sheeting arrangements may simply not work. But one thing I have learned about sailing ships that almost every possibility good or bad may be adopted by any master !! nothing is "never done" But for myself i would deem it to be normal practice to use the traveller to take the sail out to the cap - but have the traveller taking the sail back to hoist, lower and reef.
  8. Received the Chokmax. Quite pleased overall. Seems to have the torque i need and nice to have a number of speed settings. Main thing is that it is small and comfortable to handle and no cable. LED a bit of a disappointment since it doesnt actually shine on the point if you are drilling. And instead of an adjustable chuck it has 4 diferent sized collets which are fine but fiddly. But all in all I think a good buy especially at the price.
  9. I have a little vid 5 - 10 Mb which it would be nice to insert in post . But I cannot seem to do it Help !!
  10. Like all these things in nice calm weather and little wind you can exercise choice . In an heavy sea if you want the jib down and stowed - best to use the traveller and do it all comparitively safely on deck rather than trying to secure a sail with the sea breaking over you while you cling to a spar! Roger was exactly correct in general the sail was stowed in stops so you ran the sail out using the traveller and tensioned it before breaking it out.
  11. The traveller in the four or five vessels I have sailed on was just used to get the jib out to the end of the sprit and bring it back again for stowage - LOT easier than climbing out on the sprit in a heavy seas ! They were not used to " adjust" the sails routinely. Here is a VERY old clip of me skippering Equinoxe round the Needles with the Ocean Youth Club -- the traveller was quite large as you can see and leather bound with a couple of small " castor wheels" below. TRAVELLER.avi O may be a little large i will see if i can reduce it a bit Here is a still for now
  12. Sent an order off for assorted amati wheels. But turned to the actual vessel and did a spot of additional fairing - in the sun - the glare showed up a few more unevenesses but more or less happy now. Did a check fix with metal dowels for keel section and stern post. Fairing seems good All seemed in order except the keel "add on" and the ply keel need a touch to sit nicely against each other AND I have just remembered that i need to drill the holes NOW in the keel add on section for the threaded rod for mounting before I fix the keel on!!
  13. Yes i was taught never to to belay a mainsheet too. But that applies to short leg sailing. Fot a long run - of tens of miles - belaying was allowed but only either with an asymmetrical jam cleat or a normal cleat with a quick slip hitch. Nowadays a cam cleat is mostly used. Ancillary question - how long have jam and cam cleats been around?? Sea scouts still practice with whalers which can be rigged I wonder how they do it? Found this one pic - the use of a simple horse is so obviously sensible !
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