14 thoughts on “Yachting Monthly’s Crash Test Boat Jury Rig”

  1. To remove some of the slop out of the square rig would it have been feasible to make a crude saddle (a la a gaff boom) out of some simple rope lashings between the stump and the square rig?

  2. if you have a spinnaker pole, you can make your square sail more efficient, to wind, by hooking one end to the tack, of the sail, and bracing the other end to a point, on the deck, to make a beitass, like the Vikings used. to see what I mean, check out a video of the sea stallion sailing.

  3. I’d suggest as much simple metal working tools that you’d allow. ANYTHING that would allow a little cutting, forming, crimping, etc. would be a great idea. I’d also suggest several different kinds of hand tools, bolt cutters, crescent wrenches, various hammers, screwdrivers, channel locks, etc. I also wouldn’t just suggest extra odd hardware, but also extra raw materials, such as wood, sail, rope, sheet metal, etc. After watching this, I’m going to start making an emergency kit for myself.

  4. One thing it does point out is that one should have some spare odd hardware and tools with them as standard emergency kit. I’d think and manual drill (crank driven) and a hack saw are 2 tools not used but could come in handy. It may also be worth while to carry some sort of sheathing to prevent tear out of the hooks in the top of the mast – maybe some heavy stainless steal hose clamps.

  5. It went down in 30 knots, lets see you set that up in 30 knots and corresponding seas – or technically even higher winds, as 30 knots would not normally take down the rig. 🙂

  6. Very good work. I own a chinese junk. You did well with what you had.
    I’d have tied only two lines to the gaff. One well on forward and the next only 20 to 25% aft. Both would haul the main. Downhul the tack and sheet the clu. You now have a chinese junk rig. Works well in high wind.

  7. I found the simplicity of the advice here really helpful. Its NOT some kind of magic, just botch something which works up there and improvise. Thanks.

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