Last update: a new video has been added on May 28th.
This is a blog about building a Matt Layden's Paradox sailboat, 20% scaled up, and she is rigged with chinese junk rig.
Click on links to the right for the building process.
I have chosen the Paradox because some of it's main features - it's shallow draft while still being reasonably seaworthy; easy handling the sails from inside; having a cabin to sleep at night... not to mention that all active on the WEB Paradox owners are happy with their boat. Due to it's small size and simple rigging it is also affordable to build.
This was the plan
This is how it turned out
The designer has said that it would be OK to increase the size for 20% without changing material dimensions. And so I have decided to do. This adds a bit of challenge, as the plywood consumption and cutting pattern are all different. But it adds more fun to building process.
I cannot say that I don't like the designed balanced lug sail, but I want to try something different. For a long time I played around with a thought about aft mast with 2 stay sails; until I happened to check on junk rig. I had seen it before, I had liked it before; but it looked way too complicated with all those sheets that it has; and the general setup... But the handling turns out to be not more complicated than the Paradox lug sail would be. So, let's try and check out all those 50 advantages of the junk rig... One of which to be that you don't have to put down your coffee cup while reefing the sail ;)