100 Boat Designs Reviewed: Design Commentaries by the by Peter H. Spectre

By Peter H. Spectre

Famous because the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner's booklet of Days, Peter Spectre lives in Spruce Head, Maine.

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Tion of the breed will serve best. A competent beach The balanced lug has the advantage of being self-vangcruiser should be simply rigged; capable of carrying ing, and it sets on an unstayed mast. Less time will be large loads; light enough to be dragged over bar and required to raise and strike the lug rig — good news, beach by its crew; safe in moderate surf; able to sail, as beach cruising often involves repeating the exercise not just float, in shallow water; able to work its way four or five times every day.

We might note that this skiff and the Cambridge boat have their centerboards located far forward by yacht standards, and the boards are slightly smaller than expected. This arrangement has obvious advantages in working skiffs, and the added cockpit room will be appreciated in the daysailing derivatives. The happy configuration is made feasible by the forward bias of the sail plans' geometrical centers and by the far-aft lateral plane offered by large skegs and rudders. Before dropping the rig from the old skiff into the new skiff, Parker lopped about 20 inches off the mast.

To a reasonable extent, fully battened sails offer positive control of their shape. We can fuss with the compression and thickness of the battens to alter the amount and location of draft (camber) in the mainsail. To throw more curve into the sail at a particular height, we simply tighten the line that secures a batten's after end to the leech (thereby forcing more of the batten into its pocket). For more precise and permanent control of shape, we can thin down the batten stock selectively along its length, or replace a batten with one of different flexibility.

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