1982 Junk rigged Pearson 367
Junk rig is great, but most are scared to deviate from the norm.
"Engineless" makes for great handling, storage, and reduced fire risk, but many do not trust their sailing skills.
A spectacular day's sail Raggedy Edge
From Hobe Sound to Pendarvis Cove (Stuart, FL) We did not see another boat under sail all day. Just lots of people wistfully taking photos...probably assumed (erronously) we were skilled mariners.
Jordan Series Drogue
Solid fuel heater
Series Drogue and stern anchoring chainplates
Fridge cabinet top
Bottled water storage
Stern anchor and bridle deployed
Simple. Robust. Reliable. Antifragile
Junk rig means easy, fast reefing. No flogging. Low stresses.
Junk rig means the v-berth is actually useful for something besides storing sails.
Water capacity and catchment means luxurious showers
Composting head means no pump outs required.
Solar panels and batteries means cold fridge/beer.
6" memory foam hybrid means comfy bunks.
No inboard diesel means enormous storage and ease of maintenance (outboard).
Solid fuel stove to knock off the chill, dry things out, and reduce garbage.
Series drogue plates and Jordan series drogue for storm safety.
Stern anchoring for eliminating sailing at anchor.
Oversized anchors mean sleep well at night.
Free standing mast means no expensive rigging to maintain
Wood, birdsmouth unstayed mast
2002 316L Monitor wind vane (worth $3k on used market!)
Bomar deck hatches
Tohatsu 6hp Sailpro, light, torquey
Natureshead composting toilet
Bomar c200 series opening ports
New 6" cushions setees
(1) gallon of KiwiGrip to do the deck
New cushion covers
Dickenson Solid Fuel Stove
55# Mantus Anchor
45# Mantus Anchor
(2) Danforth style anchors
150' 5/16 anchor chain
250' 3/8 anchor chain
160' New England Ropes 5/8 double braid anchor rode
3/8" stainless steel series drogue chainplates
(2) Mantus bridles
(3) Mantus snubbers
Mantus anchor roller - stern
Bosuns chair and climbers harness
New Kiwigrip cabin sole
Dometic 12v refrigerator 40 qt
Water tankage 150 gallons
Rainwater catchment system
New Standard Horizon AIS VHF
(1) 80watt solar panel
(2) 100 watt solar panels
(2) solar charge controllers
(4) 6v golf cart batteries
(2) fire extinguishers
West System epoxy
Mercury 2.5hp outboard
10' Portabote (leaks, but is still a workhorse)
Global paper charts
Fresh Trinidad bottom paint
The Fifty Advantages of the Junk Rig
Things needing improvement..
Needs stove/oven. I favor Origo alcohol. Wife favors Dickinson propane. Hence, we are using a camp stove.
Apply KiwiGrip to deck will be huge improvement. We are very hapoy with how well KiwiGrip refurbished the cabin sole.
Bimini. We just recently concluded how we like routing the sheetlets. With that in mind, a hardtop bimini on sturdy supports with solar panel placement is a key project. Although, unlike our previous Bermudian rigged boats, we have found that the big, low profile sail generates a lot of shade.
The pressure water system provides great showers. We do not have a water heater and have concluded that we do not need it. If cruising in colder climates, it might be needed.
Early on, we toyed with the idea of an inboard electric motor, but have been astonished at how well the Tohatsu SailPro handles opposing current and wind. Plus the boat sails so easily. And when motorsailing, it is no problem leaving the sails up when the wind is right on the nose. The sails do not flog like conventional rigs.
Some people might like to add some kind of headsail or spinnaker for light air. But my experience is that the 500 sq ft junk rig does quite well in light airs. I think there are two reasons: 1. No prop and prop apertute drag. 2. The junk rig can fully square off to the wind...no shrouds in the way.
We are quite pleased with the Dometic 40 qt fridge. Our solar array handles the power requirements quite well. But if there were an extended period of cloudy weather, you might have to turn the fridge off or raise the thermostat temperature. There is a water cooled cold plate system by Keco (that we considered) that might be slightly more frugal with the amps.
We generally anchor from the stern. But in areas with strong tidal currents (like Peanut Island), we anchor from the bow. The manual bow windlass on the bow is just barely adequate. If I were to anchor more frequently from the bow, I would replace it.
All of the electrical works, but someday it would be nice to redo it. The switch panel is the original Pearson.
There is no 110v system. We never use a marina, so we do not care.
I think dark plexiglass sliding doors on the starboard side bookshelf would be nice.
We exclusively use Navionics on tablets and our phones for navigation. Like Captain Fatty Goodlander, I am not a fan of electronics in the cockpit.
Depth sounder may be original, but it works.
Screens for the big Bomar deck hatches would be nice.
I imagined doing a watertight companionway hatch like Roger Taylor fabricated for Ming Ming II. But only if we started crossing oceans.
I would also favor eliminating the Edson wheel and going with a tiller. Simpler, fewer points of failure, and less drag for self-steering.
I really cannot fault anything else. Our previous boat was a Spindrift 43 Pilothouse which was roomy and had a nice shower, but was a beastly pig to sail. The Pearson 365/367 layout is terrific and I do not know of another boat this size that has a real, standalone shower...even better, the shower is well ventilated with an opening port and a dorade vent right in the shower...so there is no moisture build-up in the head.
And I have never sailed a boat that is so frequently photographed. Partly because it looks cool, but also because it is easy to sail in situations that conventional rigs fear. I drop our sails for locks and opening bridges and that is about it. The rig makes one feel like an acomplished mariner, but frankly it is just easier.