WHIMBREL - More Information
This is a draft, to be developed. PE
WHIMBREL is rigged as a balance lug ketch, with unstayed masts and a single halyard on each. This makes the rig very quick and easy to set up and stow. There are 3 mast steps. This gives her 3 sail configurations, plus reductions by reefing.
For full sail, the main mast is stepped in the forward step, the mizzen in the aft step, and both sails hoisted. For the first reduction (commonly used) the mainmast is stepped in the mid step, and main hoisted. For the (used in the strong winds of Shark Bay) the mizzen is set in lieu of the mainsail, with a substantial reduction in area.
If we assume a 70/30 split of the sail area, the full rig gives 100%, main only 70%, and mizzen only 30%, all with very easy set up. Attractive?
The primary rig for the Navigator design is the gunter yawl. This allows reductions to either main only, or jib and mizzen (as well as reefing), while maintaining a balanced sail plan. This rig is fitted to the other WA Navigators.
A Bermuda sloop rig, with bowsprit is offered. This can be seen on the Welsford website www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz, but hasn't been seen on a WA boat.
WHIMBREL would have to be the most widely cruised boast in the OGA fleet, both on trailer and afloat.
Independent events have included Shark Bay (xxx) and Dunsborough (Jan 2016), both with ARALUEN, and again Shark Bay (xx 2016 for the Dirk Hartog 400th Anniversary event).
Also, WHIMBREL has participated in the majority of recent OGA remote events, including Albany in Easter 2015 and Lake Dumbleyung in 2017
Peter Edmonds OGA Boat Registrar Nov 2017