Originally Posted by redbopeep
Welcome! to the Cruiser Log
I'm the one working on a wooden schooner in San Diego. We'll have to compare notes on the work and the progress. Are you changing any aspect of the rig or leaving as it was for racing? Sounds very interesting--though I must admit that's gotta be a huge sloop rig! How many square feet on the 100% jib? Are your winches powered? Boomless...not even a wishbone rig? How to manage sail shape? I'm all questions and would love to hear about her performance.
Brenda aka "redbopeep"
Greetings from Island Seeker! Good to know that there is someone local to talk "wood" boats on this site. Thanks for letting me know, I was hoping I wasn't alone on my "struggle" toward the "dream".
As far as Island Seeker goes, I do plan on leaving most everything as is except I plan on adding a boom for the main. She has a behind the mast furling system which I have rebuilt and will reinstall after I finish painting the mast I sanded it top to bottom and am awaiting the primer delivery now. What a job! I am looking at a nice heavy duty boom from a late model Santa Cruz 52'. It appears that it will fit nicely.
I don't have any calculations on square footage of the sails yet. I'll try and get some measurements tomorrow. You got me curious too, I just havn't taken the time.
All the winches are non-self tailing 2 and 3 speed. Also unusual, like I.S. They appear to be custom made as the handle is unlike any I have seen. I only have 1 good handle and I have searched everywhere including the net to no avail. I'll get some pics and try to add a post to see if anyone on the "Log" can help. Eventually I will probably replace them slowly with self-tailers as funds become available, I plan on sailing single handed most of the time so I will rig accordingly. Possibly elec. or hyd. winches for the genoa.
The foresail is a furling rig and self tacking (as is the main). The main is truely a boomless rig, the traveler is about 8' off the aft deck mounted in between the twin backstays...? I can't really say much about performance because my sailing with her is extremely limited. That will change.
She has a keel mounted rudder and another rudder about 6' from the stern with "wheel in wheel" Helm. Both rudders can turn together or seperately! Strange huh? The idea is both are used under power for amazing manuverability and the smaller aft rudder is used for sailing and trim. She sails pretty much hands free once trimmed correctly.
Well, I feel as though I'm rambling on about my project. What about you? Are you currently sailing your schooner, looks like a beautiful rig if that's her in the pic. Tell me about your project please.
Thanks for the greet and the questions. As you can tell I enjoy talking boats. Especially wooden boats, a dying breed. I'm sure we'll talk more, thanks Brenda
Steve aka islandseeker