Galion 22 conversion

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  • 13 Feb 2020 20:26
    Reply # 8745709 on 5070195

    I'm sure you'll do a great job, Jami and I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the sail up and your boat underway.

    There are lots of reasons to like coloured sails, but I'm with you about their being more visible.  White sails on white boats get lost among the white caps.  (And one thing I find utterly bewildering is people who equip their boats with white life rings!) Of course, we all have different prefences about colours, but I love yellow for its sunny connotations.  I used it inside Missee Lee and the interior always seems so welcoming.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should give Fanshi yellow cushions!

    Anyway, happy sewing.  You'll be ready to sail as soon as the weather permits.

  • 13 Feb 2020 10:08
    Reply # 8744563 on 5070195

    Thanks all,

    yellow was chosen for the first junk sail for my Galion 22 because of a wish by my youngest daughter. But there was also the practical reason of great visibility for a small boat in gray contidions and sometimes busy boat/ship traffic.

    However, the colour had a strong psychological, somewhat unexplainable and heart-warming effect on me as well, when I saw the sail live on my boat. Together with my unalome sail insignia, it soon became a must on the new sail, too.

    The insignia is black, thus the black sail catcher/cover - which also benefits from the warming (and drying) effect of the dark colour. The plan is to eventually change the colour of the boat from dark blue to black. 

    PS. I've cut the first jiblet!

    Last modified: 13 Feb 2020 11:26 | Anonymous member
  • 12 Feb 2020 10:51
    Reply # 8742148 on 5070195

    More than two Coromandels, I have one.  I have not suffered from weather helm with the flat sail, in fact I would say she is well balanced.  That said she is a bit stern heavy...the cockpit pools to the rear, the awful drains are to the front.  With your wide buoyant stern and fine bow, you will have to keep the weight back. 

    Love the yellow sail, you will have many admirers!

    ps, I once had a red tint in my glasses, everything was rosy.

  • 12 Feb 2020 09:47
    Reply # 8742045 on 5070195
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    Interesting, David.
    I remember an interview with the builder of the grp Nordic Folkboat (‘Folkebådcentralen’). The FB is often fitted with a cockpit tent for use in harbour. The maker refused to make that of any other colour than orange. He described what a gloomy atmosphere the blue or grey cockpit tent would create inside, compared to when sitting in a ‘joyful orange atmosphere’.

    I am less convinced that the colour of the sail has quite as much to say, since outdoors, the surroundings will dominate the view.

    For my own part I never wear sunglasses, as they do me nothing good. Maybe we should try a pair of orange ‘sunglasses’ for use on rainy days?


    PS: Jami, I am sure you will be fine. You have already made two junksails, so you are almost a pro, now

  • 12 Feb 2020 09:02
    Reply # 8742021 on 5070195

    I hope that it will go well for you, Jami.

    It's not by chance that the inner component of a double-skinned tent is often yellow. Waking up in a bright, cheerful environment induces positive thoughts about the day ahead, even if the dawn outside is grey and damp. I wonder if making a yellow sail induces positive thoughts about the passages through grey seas that are to be made with it? I've made burgundy, blue, red, cream, tan and grey sails. Even a white one. Blue is hard on the eyes, for some reason. The others are easier to make, and I find cream and tan most comfortable to sail with. With Annie due to make a yellow sail for Fanshi this year, it will be interesting to make a comparison with the black of Zebedee, the grey and red of Tystie, the cream of Footprints, the green white and black of Serendipity, and all the other colours in the NZ fleet. Of course, Speedwell has had a yellow sail for some time.

  • 12 Feb 2020 07:49
    Reply # 8741991 on 5070195

    It'll be no bother to you, but good luck anyway!

  • 12 Feb 2020 01:34
    Reply # 8741537 on 5070195

    Its going to be a great success!

  • 11 Feb 2020 10:59
    Reply # 8739589 on 5070195

    Here we go: 26 meters of yellow Outguard for the split sail and 5 meters of black Outguard for the sail catcher and insingnia waiting for me to start.

    Wish us luck!

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  • 05 Feb 2020 07:11
    Reply # 8727941 on 5070195

    With a crew of one, using it for balance has a lot of limitations...

    Regarding the possible problems with overbalancing, I strongly believe that it's very, very difficult to have lee helm on this boat.

    EDIT: Should the 80cm jiblets in the end seem too long in real life, I can make shorter ones later on. This would still be a lot easier than making a new mast step + partners. The loss in sail area would not mean that much, especially if it's true that a SJR does not need extra area compared to the bermudan rig. 

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  • 05 Feb 2020 04:45
    Reply # 8727865 on 5070195

    Hi Jami,

    one factor that you may not have considered was mentioned in one of Graeme Kenyon's replies. Fore and aft trim can affect weather helm quite radically. I have found on Gypsy Rose that in light to medium winds she needs the stern to be clear of the water. When the wind increases she heels more and carries appreciably more weather helm. Moving the crew aft seems to ease this somewhat. Maybe a similar tactic would help with your weather helm problem.

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