Good point about the man overboard. The time saved by simply
stopping and reversing is incalculable. I hadn't thought about the
anchoring issue. The reefing is another big item. Not only do you not
have to worry about doubling the apparent wind, you also don't have to
worry about the boat snapping around and capsizing when you're working
on the sails -- the lw hull will simply stay leeward.
Plus, if you get a schooner rig, there will be no flogging of the sails
once you let the sheets out, which is better for both the sails and the
I see the benefit of the farrier system in theory, especially now
that you've come up with the idea of a temporary system used just for
assembly and disassembly. At this point the difference for me would
come down to cost and convenience: is it cheaper and easier to build
the functionality into the trailer or into the folding system.
You seem to have an interesting history, by the way. You've spent
years commercial fishing, are working on a PhD, teach music, and are
about to go into either lecturing or researching shark fishing
sustainability. That's a unique combo. I've assumed you're in
Australia because you talk about the Bass Strait and the reef hotel,
but your email address ends in .co.uk. Are you in Oz?
rob dalton wrote:
I agree with all you've said. Another few advantages.
manoeveability under sail for picking up man overboard and crossing
bars, being able to place a sea anchor over the stern and let the stern
becomethe bow. Much more comfortable than having to put the sea anchor
over the bow. Double ender makes beaching and leaving much safer.
If over sailed downwind then the sheets can be eased fully and
the sails can easily be reefed, rather than contemplating rounding up
to feather and doubling apparrent wind
I reckon extra accommodation could be included in the Visionarry
by flaring the middle part of the ww side of the lw hull Don't think it
is compromising seaworthiness or windage but certainly increasing the
trailing width as it can no longer tuck under.
If the lw hull was rotated at the same time as pulled out then
less room is needed for the mast. That in essense is the Farrier
system. If the Farrier system is connected to a sleeve over the beams,
then the beams can be slid in after folding. If the struts are then
removed then there is very little increase in sailing weight.