Category Archives: Junk

Wanderer deck reinforcement for free-standing mast

I’ve got the deck reinforcement in. Horrible job, working in a tight space with no room to move my arms and epoxy dropping on me. But it is in. Phew.

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Owl: my current junk-rigged boat

I thought I’d describe my current junk rigged boat and show some of the design features. The boat is called Owl because it is green (as per The Owl and the Pussycat). The boat is a 11′ GRP clinker-style boat … Continue reading

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Mast partners sorted!

Figured out how to secure the mast at the partners. The rear chock now is ornamented by two bits of aluminium: A plate on the bottom at the back to stop the back rising when the chock is pulled towards … Continue reading

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Mast update

Got the mast strengthener in today. I was assuming that it would just slide in; however it jammed after a bit probably due to grit somewhere. Every time I took it out and cleaned it up (filing off the scratches) … Continue reading

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Mast is up! (Sort of)

Real progress. Got the turning block fixed to the tabernacle: I’ve made a (rather rough – don’t look too closely) pivot. This has threaded holes so that bolts can be screwed in from either side to avoid making a big … Continue reading

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Calculating junk rig sail camber

I want a cambered sail for the advantages it gives us – better performance particularly close to the wind. There are disadvantages for ocean travellers – the sail can flap about in light winds and swell – but these don’t … Continue reading

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Turning block (almost) complete

Made the turning block to redirect the lines from the mast back to the helm. Obviously the screw heads need to be aligned, and I need to figure out how to attach it to the tabernacle. Otherwise very happy with … Continue reading

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Free standing mast: update

Making progress. The mast head is together:

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Free-standing mast: more bits made

I’ve made some more bits for the mast:

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Fitting the free-standing mast

I’ve started fitting the mast to the hull. First off the heel fitting.

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