Aug Boat of the Month "JB"

  • 13 Aug 2018 20:56
    Reply # 6556668 on 6410368

    Some points that I noted in the description:

    • Flat sails. I've been saying to anyone who will listen that if they want to rig a boat specifically for a tradewind circumnavigation, flat sails will do just fine. Only using 5 gallons of diesel from Spain to NZ confirms this.
    • A self-stowing (reel?) winch plus 1/4" Dyneema for the halyards proved easier and more efficient than a multi-part purchase. I go halfway towards that, with a self tailing winch and only 2:1 or 3:1 purchase.
    • I've found my Hebridean-principle vane gear to need a very well balanced boat, as the arc of movement of the blade is less than for a horizontal axis servo. JB "will sail herself on all points of sail", so that is the case.
    I hope Chris won't mind me quoting from an email he sent me in 2016:
    "Canaries, Cape Verde, Atlantic and hope to back in NZ by end of next year. Then like you I have had enough! 44 years on the oceans, four yachts home built. Best thing I did was to downsize and change rig to a junk. That has made all the difference to my now continued sailing. I was thinking reefing etc too much and was going to stop. Now I am in single handed heaven!"
    Last modified: 13 Aug 2018 21:08 | Anonymous member
  • 06 Aug 2018 06:06
    Reply # 6415156 on 6410368

    Definitely a good story there.

  • 02 Aug 2018 23:54
    Reply # 6411059 on 6410368
    Anonymous wrote:

    What an amazing BOTM for August.  This man converted a readily available modestly priced sloop, converted to junk and did a not unremarkable voyage, and then records it for us.  Is there more on JB in mags or internet?  I think this conversion and experience probably speaks to the majority of members here.  It does to me.  Thank you for posting.


    I agree, a very interesting story, and it would be great is Chris wrote it up in more detail for the JRA magazine.  I'd offer to do so for him, but Chris is quite eloquent enough to write it himself!  
  • 02 Aug 2018 16:06
    Message # 6410368

    What an amazing BOTM for August.  This man converted a readily available modestly priced sloop, converted to junk and did a not unremarkable voyage, and then records it for us.  Is there more on JB in mags or internet?  I think this conversion and experience probably speaks to the majority of members here.  It does to me.  Thank you for posting.

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