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Old 03-21-2015, 12:17 PM   #61
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None of us are into boating to save money.
I don't raise my sails to save money on fuel. I do it to add stability. I do it it to reduce or cut out the engine noise. And I do it for fun. Especially on a long crossing when it might get a bit monotonous just pointing in the right direction, and waiting until you get there. You can play around with the shape to get maximum efficiency with every wind change, or just leave them do their thing and relax with a more stable and quiet ride.

I've never raised them for backup propulsion, but I enjoy the fact that they are there if ever required.

Regarding cost of sail rig maintenance; In my experience - it is minimal. Over the last two years, from memory I have spent a grand total of about $30 on maintenance and upkeep. (I've dropped a couple shackles into the water) That's it. Compare that to a second engine.

A motorsailer has much less stress on the sails and rigging in comparison to a "proper" sail boat, due to the lower sail area to weight ratio. This results in longer lasting equipment.

For those who want a turn key method of transportation on water with minimal fuss- a motorsailer is not for you.
Nor is it for those who want the most efficient wind driven machine on the water.
It is for those who enjoy comfort, like to tinker, and stay in touch with their environment while enjoying their boating experience.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:17 PM   #62
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Convert trawler to motorsailer?

My thoughts exactly-- couldn't have said it better.

It's the tinkering and experimenting I like, plus doing something different.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:24 PM   #63
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Each to their own, different things give things give others pleasure.

For 'myownself I have enough to work on. I did not even shed a tear when the lawn mower, weed eaters and all was sold.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:32 PM   #64
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My thoughts exactly-- couldn't have said it better.

It's the tinkering and experimenting I like, plus doing something different.
OK, tinker with this idea.

You've got that huge hull extension that would be an ideal platform for the installation of a Diesel outboard. A 27 or 34 HP Yanmar would probably power you at 4 and 5 knots respectively. When you get down to the Islands, you could buy the Yanmar and do the bracket, tiller and fuel line for 10-12.5K or less. Probably another 10-12K for the paravane set-up later on.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:43 PM   #66
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OK, here's the standard SP cruiser next to the PY cruiser with Mark's type of stay-sail rig.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:47 AM   #67
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Red sails are not for the lubbers at the bar , they have two good uses.

First the folks aboard dont get fried eyes from the bright white sails ,

and second the color is said to slow the UV destruction of the sail fabric.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:12 AM   #68
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OK, here's the standard SP cruiser next to the PY cruiser with Mark's type of stay-sail rig.
Way to go Larry . Those tan bark sails give it that salty look.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:10 AM   #69
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OK, here's the standard SP cruiser next to the PY cruiser with Mark's type of stay-sail rig.

Thanks Larry. That looks cool.

What are the advantages of sails with no battons/boom? Simplicity ?
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You've got that huge hull extension that would be an ideal platform for the installation of a Diesel outboard. A 27 or 34 HP Yanmar would probably power you at 4 and 5 knots respectively. When you get down to the Islands, you could buy the Yanmar and do the bracket, tiller and fuel line for 10-12.5K or less. Probably another 10-12K for the paravane set-up later on.

I didn't know Yanmar made a diesel outboard. Interesting idea but not sure I want a big outboard hanging off the swim platform. Can't imagine how that would look permanently mounted.

Now if it could be stored on the pilothouse roof then deployed when needed that might work. Wonder how heavy?

Edit: just looked it up. 181lbs. Yikes.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:50 AM   #71
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OK, here's the standard SP cruiser next to the PY cruiser with Mark's type of stay-sail rig.
I love the tan bark sails as well.

But the loose footed mainsail has limited use. It stuggles even as a steadying sail when pointing into the wind.

In my biased opinion, I'd go with a gaff rigged mainsail on a similar sized mast. This would give about 25% more sail area and would keep the center of force down low. (important with limited ballast and shallow keel)

No need for a backstay if you run 2 sets of shrouds; one athwart the mast and the other about 2-3 feet aft.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:56 AM   #72
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Thanks Larry. That looks cool.

What are the advantages of sails with no battons/boom? Simplicity ?
Simplicity, cost and no boom to hit your head on are the advantages. The 3rd reason may be a big one depending on the headroom in your forward cockpit.
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Auscan is right. A Gaff Rig would keep the forces lower.
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If you want a good old fashion MS which is not a bad thing, you won't be expecting sailing performance. The rig on this type of MS is meant for steadying get home and a little boost when the wind is right and the motor is pretty much always on. With the motor always running there is no point of talking tacking at 90 Degrees and 3k to wind. With a small rig you motor to wind with no jib and the main sail in tight just enough off dead on to prevent flogging. This usually gives a good sea motion and the little extra from the sail makes up for the sl angle off the wind. This is a technique I and many other cruising sailors commonly use when motor sailing to weather. If going down wind in a breeze no mainsail jib out and motor running. More modern motor sailors have moved toward a boat that can sail well without the motor running and have a lot of sailboat in there design. The older boats were motor boats with a short rig.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:33 PM   #75
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I'll chip in one more time.... there's a reason motorsailers are a very rare item. And I suspected that the two boats were NOT exactly the same under the waterline, again, for a reason... what's best for sailing is not best for motoring a hull designed to be a power boat.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:38 PM   #76
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Auscan is right. A Gaff Rig would keep the forces lower.
Perfect!

(other than that backstay design may be a problem).
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Auscan is right. A Gaff Rig would keep the forces lower.
That gaff rig looks to have a higher center. Also, a gaff rig has more halyards.
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... With a small rig you motor to wind with no jib and the main sail in tight just enough off dead on to prevent flogging. ...
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None of us are into boating to save money.
I don't raise my sails to save money on fuel. I do it to add stability. I do it it to reduce or cut out the engine noise. And I do it for fun. Especially on a long crossing when it might get a bit monotonous just pointing in the right direction, and waiting until you get there.


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Old 03-23-2015, 12:12 PM   #80
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Auscan is right. A Gaff Rig would keep the forces lower.
Gaff rigs always have a lower centre of force when compared to a bermuda rig of the same sail area. The gaff rig in the photo has about 25% more sail.
Square rigged junks are even lower in centre of force.
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