The Lug–rigged Peleg

by Nicol Warn 2017


Dipping lug sail on main, standing lug mizzen, used without bowsprit/jib (as occasionally set up). This is a powerful rig even without the jib, and one I prefer on a long haul not involving much tacking (unusual in local waters). (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)

My boat is the Peleg; welded aluminum single chine construction; length 36 ft., beam 12.5 ft., drawing 4.5 ft. with centerboard raised, 7.5 ft. with board lowered [11.0 m. x 3.8 m. x 1.37 m. up / 2.3 m. down]; declared tonnage 12.5 (estimated). 33 hp diesel engine. She was licenced with Transport Canada March 1, 2007, No. BC503565.


Rigged as a standing lug on both masts, both sails boomed plus a jib on a bowsprit (as normally sailed). (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)

The vessel has unstayed aluminum masts in tabernacles. She was meant to carry a three–masted junk rig, but has not yet done so. I experimented with different rigs cobbled together from solid wood yards and used sails before settling on the current lug main and mizzen combination. The boat was owner–designed and built. The design began with poster–board cut to scale for 4’ x 20’ and 5’ x 20’ sheet material. The hull shell was initially cut out and tacked together at a local welding shop, then trucked to my yard for repairs needed to the work done at the shop, and for completion.


A concept sketch at the planning stage (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)

The name Peleg is based on the root of the word pelagic, derived from the name of a son of the first Hebrew, and refers to the division of the earth in his day. [Since naming the boat I’ve come to a different understanding of what that division consisted of, making the name less appropriate. For this reason, the name is not prominently displayed on the boat, as I’m seriously considering renaming. Meanwhile, it’s short and can be readily enunciated, convenient for static prone radio communications.]


Centreboard partially lowered while on the hard. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)

The boat was conceived as a vehicle for serious travelling rather than in–harbour living aboard. I’ve spent enough time aboard, quite comfortably, to consider the possibility of living afloat full time, but that’s not the way the vessel has been used to date.


Main mast lowered, mizzen mast removed from tabernacle and lying on deck. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


Loose–footed dipping lug main, standing lug mizzen with wishbone boom (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


Framing almost completed. The hull and decks were built shell-first, inverted; stringers and frames were fitted before setting hull upright for finishing. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


View from astern of the hull being turned over. Ballast will be fitted as shaped lead bricks and epoxied into the box keel. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


Shelves behind starboard settee, for an idea of interior appearance. Hull and deck were spray–foamed before fitting the panelling. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


Beached for bottom scrubbing; held upright by sheerlegs hove down to the toe rail. The ability to safely strand the boat over a tide is one convenience of a long–keeled centerboarder. (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)


The author winter sailing in the Peleg (Photo from the Nicol Warn collection.)

To quote from this article please cite:

Warn, Nicol (2017) The Peleg. 2017.

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