The height of the “storm rig” (call it what you will) for a Footy is fixed to 305mm above the box. Presumably one can sit the boat in the box such that the boom barely clears the edge of the box.
My question – whatall constitutes the “rig and sail set”? My armchair footy (which as yet exists only in my imagination and in a few sketches) is a little gaff-rigged cat boat. Would I have to replace the mast with a shorter one in order to fly my storm rig, or could I simply replace the sail and spar set, mounting them on the same (now overly tall) mast?
My understanding is that a “rig” includes mast, booms and sails, and the mast would be measured in the storm rig. Also, it is usually pretty easy to remove a rig as a unit including the mast, rather than to have to disconnect the sails and booms in order to leave the mast standing. the most common way to do this is on a Footy is to build aluminum tube(s) in the boat (sticking through the deck) to receive the end of the mast. Many Footys use un-stayed rigs without shrouds, usually the mainsheet is enough to retain the mast & rig in it’s tube. This way, there are no shrouds to cause extra drag in the water when the boat is heeled over.
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