Would an Ebbtide 36 be suitable for a gaff rig.

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Abaft, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. Abaft
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    Abaft New Member

    Designed by Alan Pape as heavy weight bermudian cutters, but what other rigs would suit them? What did Mr Pape have in mind.

    Many people like different options for rigs but is a boat best suited to only 1? Why are some boats more versatile towards rigs than others, is this just designers trying to broaden their market?
  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    You could put a gaff rig on an Ebbtide 36, but it would be a lower aspect rig than the bermudian version.
    And the centre of effort of the gaff mainsail will be further aft than a bermudian mainsail, hence you would have a lot more weather helm - unless you put the jib or genoa out on a bowsprit to compensate.

    But the question would be 'why would you want to put a gaff rig on one of these vessels'?

    Here is some more info re the Ebbtide for general reference -
    SailboatData.com - EBBTIDE 35 Sailboat https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/ebbtide-35

    And lots of photos of a typical example here -
    Alan Pape Ebbtide 36 archive details - Yachtsnet Ltd. online UK yacht brokers - yacht brokerage and boat sales https://www.yachtsnet.co.uk/archives/ebbtide-36/ebbtide-36.htm
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