Initial Sail Plans
Initially I looked at
Burmuda Rig and
Gaff Rigs. These were loose footed which I liked, but also included a mast tabernacle, mast hoops, and numerous blocks. After looking at other sail plans including the gunter rig I settled on the sprit rig as the simplest to build, maintain and sail. I was able to do away with most of the hardware from the other rigs.
Final Sail Plans
Sprit Rig employs a sprit and
Snotter to extend and tension the head of the sail. The snotter supports the lower end of the sprit. The mast is unsupported and rotates in the step as the sheet is started and trimmed. The mainsail would be laced to the mast as well as loose footed. I wouldn't need a tabernacle as the rig would be light enough to unstep by hand. I eliminated all the blocks except for the main sheet. A couple of holes in the mast top would serve for the main and jib hallyards. Belaying pins port and starboard would be used to trim the main and foresail sheets, and a horse would be used closehauled.
I decided I would need to make my own sails if I wanted to keep with a traditional look. I thought of several possibilities for sail material including canvas, but after seeing several samples I opted for what is labelled "Egyptian Cotton", a Dacron material that has the coloration and look of canvas with the stability of Dacron. I chose 1/4" Spunflex Roblon for all the lines. It's three strand and also has a traditional look though is much stronger than three strand manilla. The book, "Sailmakers Apprentice" by Emiliano Marino proved invaluable as a guide to making sails.