Thursday, October 01, 2009

On paying dues and Junk rigs...

Here at Boat Bits we get a lot of people looking for Junk rig stuff... And for a lot of reasons the Junk rig makes all kinds of sense. IT IS A GOOD RIG!

That said, I have a feeling that a lot of the reasons people are attracted to the Junk rig is not for its advantages or strengths but more for a perceived idea that Junks are somehow easier than Western sailing rigs to sail (This also applies to catamarans) and that one does not have to pay your dues to sail off into the sunset, really both the same thing when you think about it.

I'll try and make this clear... Where learning to sail is concerned, there is no free lunch. Sailing is not rocket science and almost anyone with a double digit IQ can learn to sail in a couple of days. But, like everything worth doing there is a learning curve and you have to pay some dues. Life is like that... Deal with it.

Of course, that is not what some of you want to hear... For those who are covering their ears and muttering "NAH NAH NAH NAH" May I offer a word you might want to adopt as your new mantra...


On the other hand, if you are willing to make the effort to learn to sail the rig, the Junk can be an awesome way to go.

A really good place to go for junk rig info  is 'Jonques de Plaisance' which is something of a hub for Junk rig and I can't think of a better place to start.