Well, now that I'm a member, may as well look for the advice any new schooner owner needs/wants/desires...

Rigging.. Lines used or preferred for deadeyes.. types etc.. The ones currently on stretch way too much..
To go traditional? To go with modern technology?
Jib.. want to make it into a club foot.. To do so, or not to do so. Leaning towards to do so as I am a single sailor.
Advice as to where I could have a club foot made etc. would also be helpful..

Early spring projects before I depart for cooler waters.


Safety, then tradition

James, it's great to have you with us, and when you pose a question about traditional vs modern you will likely generate a lttle controversy, which is a good thing. There are purists and not-so-purists. Posting some pictures of your existing rig will be helpful.

For line you might talk to R&W Rope Warehouse in New Bedford. They have traditional color polyester and a lot of experience with gaff rigs. Check their link on this website. If you change your jib to club-footed, you may not point quite as well, although recutting it might help.

If you are sailing alone, think safety, then tradition.

We'll be looking for you this summer in Maine.

All the best.

I had a feeling that I might,

I had a feeling that I might, just might start a bit of teeth grinding by mentioning traditional. Am used it that from the wooden boat forums..
Airlie is not 100% traditional. Where applicable or logical, there is some modern methods/material on her....

I am aware of R&W Ropes. And even have checked its web sites. A lot of information to digest..Perhaps I should have asked, what types some schooner owners here are using? As experience counts and there are no strings attached if an owner who has used XY or Z types recommends a particular type of line.

The jib is going to have to be recut. I actually don't think it was made for Airlie to begin with. I had a club jib on my old 1948 Hinckley and it was extremely helpful sailing alone.
Will post pictures though.. Good idea...

Thanks and see you in Maine..


Traditional steering gear

James, 'traditional' is a description that can open up a lot of options. 'Recycled' and 'the price was right' are a couple examples that come to mind, and I cite them proudly as many other self-respecting schoonermen would.

Regarding your deadeye lines -- I can offer you some suitable weathered, although still useful 9/16 laid dacron from a former jib halyard that is now too short on account of going over the side and into the prop, which was doing about 1800 RPM at the time. It's got a nice color to it, and a bit of an odor of Delaware Bay mud. Free, although I wouldn't refuse a bottle of Shipyard if you run into me at the Maine Boat Builders Show.

Now about the traditional steering gear - here is a setup that was suggested to me by Sturge Crocker, and I think it was used by Bud MacIntosh as well. It was posted in a thread on Sailnet about tillers vs wheels.
Ross Steering Gear


Am still not sure whether I will be heading to the Maine Boat Show. In the thinking process. If it gets beyond that and I decide to go ( maybe last minute and weather depending) I'll treat you to a Shipyard regardless.
I may take you up on the old halyard. I have measured the line I need and it is more than I would have expected.. 8 deadeyes and about 30' of line each...

I am not planning on changing the steering as I have a fabulous old Lunenburg worm gear that is in very good working order. "If it works, don't fix it" in this case scenerio.
Thanks for the response and I'll be in touch with you re: line...