Thought I would try to put everything I have about balance lugs, standing lugs, their sails and to an extent lateens on one page.
These are all links to full articles.
Lateens are an interesting case … the deepest reef possible for a balance lug turns it into a lateen rig. One more reef will do it in this photo.
Basic lug setup with some budget for fancy fittings
Basic lug setup with no budget for fittings – Oz Goose as example
Telltale and leach ribbon positions for a lugsail
I had to play around … also an invaluable sailing for speed tip.
What is that crease in my lugsail?
Where can I get a not too expensive lugsail or other sail?
Lugsails from ReallySimpleSails.com (that’s us too).
Five Knots needed for any sailboat including those with lug rigs – VIDEOS
Lug spar sizes and weights for different construction methods – actual measured
The single biggest performance improvement on any sailboat rig is controlling sail twist
Controlling sail twist is almost the story of sailboat performance for the last hundred years. A hundred years ago the balance lug was the predominate small boat performance rig where there was choice. Because it controls sail twist and the gaff rig doesn’t.
With the bermudan rig the need for controlling twist for best performance led to the boom vang, the full width traveller, vang sheeting and more.
But that is expensive … which is why we use the balance lug rig.
A big contribution from Brian Pearson or “Keyhavenpotterer” on this page.
Which side does the boom go on when going downwind and dynamic control of heel with the sheet on unstayed lug, gaff and lateen rigs
This is a well known high level method in racing. But it adds to the stability and control of our small (and much bigger) boats with unstayed masts. There’s a video of us changing the heel of the boat when running just my moving the sheet in and out.
Lug Rigs from 100 years of development in the Lymington Scow Class Dinghy – 100 years of using balance lug rigs in weekly races.
You learn one or two things by sailing against other boats for 100 years.
We met Brian Pearson and nothing was the same about our lug rigs after that.
Reefing a balance lug sail
The time comes when there is too much sail.
Individual ties around the boom or bottom of the sail might be too fiddly – what about one line that does the lot?
Shamelessly stolen from the big racing yachts.
Boom or no boom on your sailboat … is the sacrifice worth it?
A no boom rig is very portable and easy to set up and stow. There are some sacrifices in performance and you never see a drop in performance from normal lugs on most boats when a boom is added.
Club racing a lug rig 1 – a Goat Island Skiff with conventional sailboats
A test that has been done. A midweek racing series gave us the beginning of a baseline for the GIS … about equal with a Laser Radial or OK Dinghy.
Club Racing a Lug Rig 2 – Beth Sailing canoe
Who said a mizzen was a really big handicap?
Who said a balance lug wouldn’t perform with modern sailing dinghies?
How fast can a trad rig go 1? … Arab Dhow coming unstuck Video
Arab Dhows start racing by hoisting their sails when the gun goes. They are also big and immensely fast.
And as you will see … boomless sails have rather high sheeting loads 🙂
How fast can a trad rig go 2? 12ft Oz Goose go in a ridiculous wind
On this day racing was cancelled and we had the rescue boats out. There’s a plot there showing a boatspeed of 18 knots for two seconds on one of my speed runs recorded by GPS. Lake is tideless freshwater in the Philippines.
And a video of a massive nosedive without problemson the same day… because the rig is easy to handle and the hull has no vices. A normal dinghy would spear off to left or right – note the goose has the tiller centralised.
Low cost Lug rigs – putting 10 Oz Geese on the water for the price of importing one Laser Radial with spares.
We have learned a lot about keeping costs down in developing nations to boost participation rates in sailing. Yep .. that is 10 to 20 people on the water for the cost of a Laser .. or 30 for training all with good feel even in light winds.
What one of the UK’s top sailors thinks of the Goat Island Skiff and Lug Rig
Mike Macnamara has over 40 major dinghy racing championships under his belt. What does he think of the Goat Island Skiff and its lugsail and setup?
He also makes very nice sails for the Goat.
Rant on lugs and mizzens and stuff
What is the point of a mizzen? They have been declared to not be efficient, but as you can see above a sailing canoe yawl rigged can race against club Laser Radials.
A very nice Goat Island Skiff video showing how they go relative to other boats in light to moderate winds.
This particular video of two Goats at the Small Reach Regatta is here
But also all Goat Island Skiff Videos are here showing the lug rig.
All OzGoose and OzRacer videos are here also showing the lug rig.