Ok, I've been dreading to ask this question due to it's complex nature & many variables, but I've now gotten to the stage where it's time to do the work & I really want to do the right thing by myself & the boat, so here goes.
My boat is 46'Aft Wheelhouse Crayboat that I would like to rig as a Gaff Cutter, now some people tell me that my boat will never sail, others say it will sail beautifully & I'm just not sure. Here are some pic's so you can see the shape of the Hull in question.
Ok, I'm picturing a topsail on hopefully the existing mast, approx. 10' bowsprit, the existing boom is a little small so I'll use it as the gaff & get a new longer boom, I thing it will look super sexy on this boat .
Now I know you just don't go ahead & cut sails without doing stuff, so I'll give ya's some more info.
Existing mast is approx. 30' from deck top & is positioned 1/3 of the waterline Aft of the stem, existing boom is 18', boat dimensions are, LOD 46', Beam 14', Draft 6'.
Now for some questions. Do I need to find the centre of effort & reposition the mast?
& if I do, do I really need the lines drawings to find the centre of effort? as I don't have any.
How tall should the mast be?
How long should the boom be?
How long should the gaff & sprit be?
Oh hell, it's never ending
I know my boat will sail, I mean any boat will sail, but will it sail well enough to warrant all the work on a rig such as this. Although my boat will never sail like a race boat will it go to windward at all?
I'm really hoping for some professional help on this one.