I renovated a Glenn L Alpha 2 Dory this winter .The sails are set up with a jib, sprit main sail and mizzen. We get lots of nice comments on the boat and sail set up, I love sailing her.
Here's the 'however" -
1. setting her rig is not that easy,
2. no reefing
And the big one;
3. I have found the balance to have a really heavy weather helm - , she'll round up and there we'll sit in irons if I'm the slightest bit off timing the jib. Not only embarrassing, also dangerous. I now make sure I take the mizzen down .
Sailing with main and jib still has a good weather helm
Sailing with just the main theres no maneuverability , depending on wind strength - hard to tack, hard to jibe (not good in a mooring area with expensive yachts!)
Sailing with jib and mizzen there's no tacking at all - can't get her to head down for a jibe.
In windy weather, I haven't been able to reef. (I've sailed home with just the jib)
I am looking into changing the rig
the current sails measure about;117sq ft
mizzen -7'3 - 8'10 - 6'2
jib - 8"10 - 8'2 - 5'2
Main sail- 5'6 - 9'9 - 12'5 - 7'9
Her Pic, It looks pretty obvious the mizzen is over sized. (I have straightened up the mast, added 100 pounds ballast, and played with angle/amount of centerboard.; which all helped)
The things I'd like to improve/change;
Reduce weather helm when under at least the 117 sq ft she is designed to sail with
Ability to reef (number one reason)
Reduce or eliminating the mizzen
And I'm not sure how to do that. I've done some research, done searches of the forum, I've had lots of ideas thrown at me, contacted a few local sailmakers (the ones I contacted don't do designing).
Where does a novice go to get help…… nothing more dangerous than a little knowledge
I love her look, and wondered about a standing lug. I understand that is easier to set sail, and reef. (I solo a lot) Perhaps a high peak standing lug?
I would like to have a jib and ability to reef a couple of times. -I enjoy heavy weather, much of the family doesn't.
I realize the 'traditional' rig is like a leg o mutton-
I love the four sided sails.
A little more info;
My wooden mast is 13 feet in total length, which I can step comfortably .
3" in diameter, tapering to 1.5 at top.
It is stepped directly in front of the centerboard trunk - going through a partner -then a notch in thwart - and sits in a 'hole' -
the plans appear to have it on top of the thwart with support under.
My mast is slightly ahead of the design and 3 feet shorter.
Her building specs/Characteristics
Hull depth overall-2'-6"
Depth of board below bottom-02'-3"
Hull weight (approx.)-400 lbs.
Main - 101 sq. ft.
Jib - 16 sq. ft.
Total - 117 sq. ft.
Hull type: Double chine dory,
Today is a beautiful day, but here I sit as it's a bit gusty for just me....