One very good thing about working with Storer Boat Plans is that Michael provide a great deal of useful information on his website to make our (and any one else’s) sails look good and work well.
So this will help anyone who uses our sails.
The most common question we see is the one about a lug sail having a “bad tack” because of the mast pressing on the sail on one side.
The answer is that it doesn’t. Lug sails work very well on both tacks and it will take a very able sailor to notice any difference in speed.
So here is a list of Michael’s articles.
1/ A Overview of rig types and experience that traditional rigs can work very well if set up correctly and some basic do’s and dont’s on the design side or to help you estimate how different rigs may perform
2/ Detail setting up of a lug rig using Goat Island Skiff as example. These boats are quite quick. The halyard system shown here is the best system for lug sails, lateen sails and can be helpful for Junk and Crab Claw sails. For lug sails strong downhaul tension makes a lot of difference to sail effectiveness
3/ More advanced look at sail twist control for lug rigs – Michael argues that the biggest advance in the development of performance sails through history is the control of sail twist. He goes into three option for controlling twist using a powerful downhaul and introducing the “vanghaul” and “bleeter” developed by the Goat Island Skiff group.
4/ An article on handling boats that don’t have jibs including a video – using a more advanced sailing techniques to control the heel of the boat in a dynamic way to make downwind sailing faster and safer. It will also show how there is a wrong way and right way to goosewing a cat yawl.
5/ A collection of data from the Goat Island Skiff group and some also from Oz Racers and Puddle Duck racers – how stiff does a boom need to be? – how stiff does a yard need to be? – common constructions from a range of boats
6/ A case study of sailing performance improvement as George races his GIS in weekly racing