Re: Penny Fee rig options
I used to own a Gunter Sloop rigged Oughtred Fulmar once upon a time. . . . .
The curved yard was a pain in the ass. The sail could never be gotten to set right throughout a range of changing wind speeds, and the inconvenience of the curved spar for preventing a clean and tidy furled sail bundle, even after adding the extra complexity of lazyjacks was a hassle. Also the whole shrouds and forestay thing. . . .plenty of extra time to hang out with all your closest friends at the launch ramp. And the jib did indeed give somthing for crew to do, not only in sheeting on each and every tack, but also serving as a now very necessary lookout because of how it blocked sight lines. Everything looked better and worked better on paper in Iain's lovely draftsmanship than it ever did in 3-dimensional real life.
None of these things used to bother me as much before I owned a lug yawl of my own, but now that I do, I just can't get past how inconvenient and less handy sloop rigs are for these little boats. Unless I'm sailing a performance racing dinghy like the 505, I want nothing to do with 'em until I'm back up to the size of a boat big enough to have a foredeck to walk on, with lifelines and/or a pulpit. Certainly for an open boat, I absolutely can't stand 'em.
Now it's possible you might have have different preferences than me, but I'm afraid you probably most likely will have spoiled your appetite for a sloop rig on that Penny Fee if you've already gotten used to a lug yawl. But by all means try it out for yerself if you are curious. I'll be happy to hear what your experience with it is.
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