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  1. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Is a mizzen staysail in the works? I'd be interested to see if and how you rig a running backstay for the mizzen to counter it.
  2. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    They also survive in a yott better than stemmed ones, and are fine for snorting scotch from also.
  3. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Perfect. A work of art - he really was good. Bob, doesn't look like the stumpy bit of the boom forward of the mizzen mast (bet that's got a name, probably a monosyllabic one) isn't bothering the helmsman at that low height. Good argument for a yawl. Does that mean you have to call it Howdy...
  4. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Good solution! Can you do the swim platform as well as davits? Back to the other end, what sort of jib are you going to have on the end of the docking probe?
  5. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Don't forget a way to centreline it!
  6. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Mizzens overhanging the back and sprits at the front is partly a way of getting lots of power but keeping it down low. Long sprits were needed with smacks and pilot cutters because the huge mainsail, which was fast, gave a lot of weather helm. IMIO, the enthusiasm that late 20th Century...
  7. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Further to the bowsprit, consider what's going to happen if you plan to routinely house it in harbour or heavy weather. With a conventional roller reefing jib, when you house the sprit, you're going to have a problematic lot of stiff aluminium section to deal with that will almost reach the...
  8. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    From a few years' practical experience with a big mizzen, our breakthrough was rigging guys on either side of the boom so we could pull it back up to the centerline to go to windward and to help with steering. It's become a critical tool, and has a very pronounced effect on the helm. "Give me a...
  9. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    There's a lovely and unreliable story about Hilaire Belloc (an accident prone yachtsman) coming up to the end of the dock in Ostend out of control in his Pilot Cutter and a quick crewmember getting the pin out of the bowsprit at the bitts and surging the boat on the sprit, using it as a shock...
  10. Mr. Ed

    My even newer project for The Man In The Moon

    Thanks for this. Do you have to worry about the height of the boom if the steering position is comfortably in front of it? Not much going to happen under the boom, except maybe for some swimming. Ah, you're worried about the stumpy projection of the boom forward of the mast - that would be good...

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