Yawl Rigging a Pearson 35

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  1. Asleep Helmsman
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    The aspect ration of the mast to boom is very low on the sloop rigged Pearson 35.

    They did this to keep the center low.

    But I want to raise the boom over a foot and that will make it even worse.

    So I'm building a hard dodger that will hold the mid boom traveler. And I want to cut 6 feet off the main boom and add a second mast.

    The idea is to build an arch, which would serve as the aft support for the bimini, and mount a stayless mast on that.

    The traveler for the aft sail would be on a bracket attached to the arch and extending aft of the stern hand rail.

    The cockpit would then be completely open and no danger of head knocks from the boom.

    What do y'all think?
     
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    What do y'all think?

    Toss the mizzen the yawl was to do better on a racing formula , not really for a practical sale.

    In the old days the yawl or ketch mast had the advantage , a place to stand and lean against using a sextant.

    Today most folks have a GPS , at least till a rogue EMP knocks it out for a decade.
     
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    It will either have a lot of sail forward, or it will have a really bad ratio of width to height.

    The Pearson 35 has the ballast almost entirely within the hull, so the moment arm is very short.
     

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    The Pearson 35 as a yawl is a fine cruising boat and though the yawl rig was used to take advantage of some ratings under the CCA, shortly after it was built, the IOR rule came to dominate, so centerboard and yawl rig boats fell from favor. The vast majority of Pearson 35's where sloops. The mizzen was stepped just forward of the lazarette compartment. This is an ideal cruising rig as it offers a lot more hoist options and the mast isn't eating up valuable cockpit volume. The main boom on the sloop rig is just a smidge over 15', so if yours is shorter, this may be the yawl boom. Mast height and fore triangle dimensions remain the same as the sloop.

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    The 35 has a lot of room under the boom, why do you need the additional foot? The aspect ratio isn't particularly low on this boat. The main boom wasn't cut to lower the CE. Cutting 40% off the length of the boom isn't a very wise idea, even with the mizzen. I don't have exact dimensions but the boom isn't shortened very much for the yawl conversion.
     
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