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  • 30 May 2022 06:50
    Reply # 12798368 on 12797671

    Here are a couple of photos of my little darling on Lake Macquarie last December. She sails pretty well with her standard lug sail, but I am eager to get her properly junk rigged for next summer.


     

    Last modified: 30 May 2022 06:53 | Anonymous member
  • 30 May 2022 06:34
    Reply # 12798352 on 12797671

    Hi Graham, yes I think my little boat will be about perfect with a junk rig. She sails well with the lug, but I decided to junk her when I went out one day and a vicious squall hit, and although the lug is on an unstayed mast and I could just let her go, it was still a pitched battle to get her furled. The wind billowed the sail as she dropped and blew the boat around all over the place, ending up with some of the sail in the water and me exhausted by the time I got the sail fully reefed and tied up. I can replace the sail for less than half the price I paid to have the original made, and it will be a dream to sail to boot.

    I am planning a Johanna style cambered sail, with the top panel removed so I can keep the current mast as is. I can still get an increase of over 50% in sail area and no compromise on safety or sailability.

  • 30 May 2022 00:07
    Reply # 12798203 on 12797671
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just guessing: maybe you were trying to past the photo directly into your post - that doesn't seem to work. You have to get your photo from your "member photo album".

    I had a look, and you don't seem to have a "member photo album". The first step is to create one.

    Log in.

    Click on "View profile"  (up near the top, just under your name).

    Now, click on member photo albums

    Now click on  "Add album"

    You have now created a photo album which is part of your profile. You can give it a name. You can upload photos to it. If you click and copy photos from your album, they will paste directly into your post. (When pasted in, you will have to highlight them and find the little sizing handles, and size them down to about 3/4 the width of the text screen).


    (In the text of your post, you can also make a link to a photo in your album, but for some strange reason the link must be to the photo which is in another part of your profile, that is: "My Directory Profile" not "Member Photo Albums". A link to a photo in "Member photo albums" will be seen only by you, whereas a link to a photo in "My directory profile" will be seen by anyone who clicks on it).


    In case you know all this already, the only other things I can think of which might be preventing you are: (1) some steps of the procedure seem to be very slow - you have to wait quite a few seconds (2) not all file formats can be uploaded. I have found that JPEG files upload OK but PDF files, for example, do not.

    I hope that helps.

    PS I love these unconventional but hightly practical designs. Your 5-plank slot-top camper-cruiser ought to be about the ultimate, with a junk rig. I enjoyed reading through your Blobster Group blog. Please do send photos, and a report on your junk rig conversion.



    Last modified: 30 May 2022 01:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 29 May 2022 11:32
    Message # 12797671

    Hello. I am a new-old member who has rejoined after a few years building my own boat, and after coming to the limits of performance that the balanced lug I currently have, I have decided to convert this one too. I previously converted a little TS16 from a bermuda rig to junk, with much gratefully received assistance from Arne. That project was successful, but unfortunately the boat itself wasn't suitable for my needs, and was quite old and required much too much maintenance for a little boat.
    I have attached a couple of photos of my little Cool Change. She's a Michalak "Blobster", which will look perfect with a junk rig. She's a pram-bowed, lee boarded, open bowed, rocker-keeled weekender, which is surprisingly seaworthy, and roomy enough for comfortable coastal cruising.

    I tried to upload a couple of photos here but apparently I am doing something wrong. Maybe someone can help me there.



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