Junk rig Albin Vega 27

  • 21 Sep 2018 10:30
    Reply # 6685814 on 6681593
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I don't have photos of rudders fitted to the Vega, but if you look up JRA newsletter 55, p.17, you can see how some have fitted them to the Vega's close sister-boat, the Tur 80.

    On a web forum, one person who had built a rudder for his Vega, noted that it should be at least 50mm thick, and with not too much balance, or 'it would vibrate'. I guess he meant when running the inboard engine.


  • 21 Sep 2018 08:00
    Reply # 6685680 on 6681593


    Thanks for your reply, my Vega has an inboard engine so no conflict with an outboard. I wonder if you know of any information to be had on replacing the original rudder with a transom hung rudder as you suggest ?

  • 20 Sep 2018 23:12
    Reply # 6685290 on 6681593
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I think there is a photo or diagram of a Vega with a H-M style JR somewhere in one of the older JRA-newsletter.

    Actually, I have been thinking that if I get dumb enough to start another JR conversion project, and if I am not (at least) smart enough to downsize into a big dinghy, I could well end up with a Vega, myself. There are plenty of them around here, and even the good ones are not expensive.

    One thing which one must do if fitting a JR, and that is to construct a new rudder and fit it on the transom. This is because the original rudder struggle with coping even with the Bermuda rig, in a quartering sea. With a sloop JR, the new rudder is simply a must. In case your boat has been modified to outboard engine, I suggest the new rudder is moved, say, 30cm to starboard, and with the outboard moved 20cm to port. This way they should ‘cooperate’ well.

    With a powerful JR and an equally powerful rudder, the converted Vega would become both easier to handle, and faster on all legs than the original.


  • 20 Sep 2018 16:01
    Message # 6681593

    i believe there is an Albin Vega 27 that has been junk rigged in the past but it is somewhere in America, I wonder if anyone has any information on a rig for this boat 

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