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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.  

Members' photo gallery - hover mouse over image to pause slideshow

Junk Rig Glossary

The final version of the Junk Rig Glossary is now available and can be found under the Junk Information menu, or directly here.  This Glossary lists all the terms related to the junk rig, its implementation and use.

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.

Boat of the Month

December 2018 - Great Pelican

This month’s Boat of the Month, is not a junk, but dying to be converted, although it now seems unlikely that it will be completed by the current owner.

This design is based on that of the nesting fishing dory carried on New England Grand Banks schooners. The dories were workboats intended to return to ship with a full load of fish for stability. So is the Great Pelican stabilized by lots of passengers or cargo. In the 12' Pelican on Richardson Bay (off Sausalito, north of SF Bay), I sailed with five others on my first bay sail. The boat was fast and easy. The Great Pelican is faster but impossible to keep on an even keel in 25-30 knots (typical SF Bay winter wind) without probably three large people hiking out. On the standard Pelican, I could manage the boat alone.

Well, my boat is cute, but not beautiful. It has rot under the paint in a 3x4" section of the interior hull, creating a slow leak. There's also rot on the bench coaming and the upper left corner of the cabin bulkhead. The rubrail has no rot but has been rubbed too hard for about 5" so needs some planing. Cockpit paint is well worn in general, but not everywhere.

None of this shows in the photo I have of the boat under sail. The rig is standing lug with full length battens and a flying jib on a fairly short (about three feet) bowsprit. The kickup rudder blade is, if I recall, about 8" shorter than the plans specify, and about 3" less wide than specified. I would use an aluminum rudder blade about two feet longer than the current board to give absolute directional control when healed regardless of wind conditions. The boat has heavy weather helm when heeled without the jib.

If I had my druthers, I would have the entire cockpit blasted with soft media, possibly walnut shells, and then round all the corners of the bench support structure so paint adheres. Then fix the dry rot and have the cockpit sprayed with epoxy paint to provide sufficient protection for 10 years. More coats might work for longer. No reason to skimp on this aspect of repair.

I would move the last mainsheet cam jam block to the centerboard trunk, and swap the 7-10 mm steel plate centerboard for, ideally but expensively, a copper-nickel 3 cm board. Yes, there's room for it in the trunk. This would enable the boat to be sailed singlehanded. Unlike the 12' SF Pelican, the Great Pelican, 16' LOD and of the same exact proportions, is so massive that even with three people providing about 400-450 pounds of ballast (on the benches, not hiked out) the boat heals too much for good control in 20 knots.

Sadly, I haven't had the time and money to deal with the repairs, so I just now decided that my Great Pelican is therefore and hereby for sale. It comes with a heavy duty trailer.

Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.

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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