Building Meerkat's crabclaw rig

by John MacBeath Watkins

Well, I've built the spars for Meerkat's crabclaw rig, and today I made the sail. The rig will look something like this:

Today I made the sail. It's blue polytarp put together with double-sided carpet tape. To make sure it had some belly to it, I put some extra bow in the luff spar by, well, making a sort of bow out of it, stringing a line from one end to the other. The spars are laminated from 1 1/2 inch by 3/8 inch western red cedar, so it's going to be fairly flexible.

I need to shorten the spars a bit and paint them, and build a short mast for raising this sail. If I get a few nice days, I could be sailing in a week.

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