Gaff Rig Nottingham

The fuller keel design of the hull lends itself to a Gaff Rig design and aesthetically the finished product is very pleasing on the eye. In the four pictures below the boat is wearing temporary sails which I refer to as the "Nora Battie" rig. These were experimental linen sails and wood mast and booms which served their purpose for testing. P J Sails now has the templates for the professionally made sails and I used carbon fibre tubes for the mast and booms.
In lighter winds the boat sails extremely well and if anything, somewhat better than I expected!



The pictures below are with the new sails which look much better. The sail area is bigger than the Bermuda rig but the Centre of Effort of the sails is much lower so this allows for a better aesthetic look without compromising sailing manners. Nevertheless the rig is better in lighter winds, similar to the conditions where an "A" suit of Bermuda design would be used. As the wind increases, the top sail can be removed but as the wind increases above 15 mph, the hull will struggle with the sail area.


The mast position and other aspects of the hull are the same as the Nottingham or Canterbury and it should be possible to simply remove the standard Bermuda rig and replace with the gaff rig. When building the boat the modeller will need to bear in mind the difference in travel for the jib sheeting and the mainsail sheeting (the simplest solution is to fix the main sheet closer to the mast) and also that there is no backstay so the shroud attachments need to be set further back and tension in the mast created with the jibstays.

This sheeting for this model is also slightly different from the standard Bermuda rig as I've kept as much below the deck as possible, with the jib sheets and main sheets rising under their respective booms. I avoid tangles under the deck by running the sheeting through small brass tube.


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