Klepper / BSD Schooner - Initial Impression

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Klepper / BSD Schooner - Initial Impression

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Well we finally made it to the lake, which just opened for the season out here in Jackson. Done with the tinkering, time to sail.

The few hours we spent on the lake the wind varied from dead calm to 10-15 knots. Paddling with all the gear was just fine as we chased the fluky wind early on. Once the breeze filled in and she came to life, the rig felt solid and capable when I expected it to feel somewhat fragile and twitchy.. Ghosting along in the lighter wind was entirely enjoyable. It doesn’t take much wind to move this rig. We were able to tack through 90 degrees without need for a paddle, Just some backwinding of the forward sail was sufficient to bring us through the wind. As the wind picked up my daughter moved up to the hiking board and was mostly successful in keeping the lee ama out of the water. Boatspeed was brisk, even felt a little surfy in the gusts. I won’t guess our speed, being that low in the water, but it was @%&$ fun! We stayed mostly dry, owing partly to the spray shield up on the bow, oar storage, and hiking board. All of these bits a pieces seem to act well together to keep water in the outside if the boat. The helm was fully balanced on all points of sail and all wind conditions. The Long Haul balanced rudder is definitely a winner. Tacking in the higher breeze was not as effortless as it was when it was blowing below 10 knots. i needed a little paddle to get us around. Need to play around with different tactics here.

The BSD rig is efficient as wind speed translates directly to forward momentum -at least in the conditions we were in. The sails spill wind easily up high which means less stress overall. Even when things turned a little gusty I didn’t feel the need to constantly be on the sheets. If here had been a little more wind i sensed that things would change fairly quickly. At a steady 15 knots I would have no problem fully reefing both sails as things get gusty here very fast and you could easily see mid to upper 20’s in the blink of an eye. i would not want to be surprised by a 30 knot gust with full sails up. Not sure I want to test my 70 year old frame that way.

Next upgrade on the list will be to add some single handing hardware. It just makes more sense for the helmsman to have control of both sheets, rather than calling for adjustments.

In summary :D

Mark
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Klepper Aerius II Schooner -1950’s
Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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Re: Klepper / BSD Schooner - Initial Impression

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Great, thanks!
I just rigged up my recently acquired Folbot Super in the back yard. The rig seems pretty sound, but the homemade sail is the worst I've ever seen. It is cotton, and may have been good at one time, but now is badly stretched. I'll report again when I make a new sail and test on the water.

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Good on you, Mark, sounds like you had a great shakedown sail with your new rig. Looks like you has some decent wind and fairly flat water to get the feel of the schooner, and so cool that your rig balanced out in those conditions. And you have probably already figured out that the weight of a passenger is a good thing for sailing these rigs.
And yes, reefing is a good idea, I generally go 1 reef above 12mph wind and 2 above 16. It took me some while to believe that less is more in big winds, but I am a convert!
Single handed is easy, but with two on board all you will have to do is move the control sheet on your front sail to the back of the boom, no big deal. Some of us run a mast mounted swivel cam cleat to control either or both sheets. There is also a fellow in our sailing group who runs a triple masted schooner (Three Amigos) with single sheet control. The configurations are limited only by your imagination, and it seems that you have plenty of that!
BTW, if you go down the road of adding mast-mounted controls you may want, in an abundance of caution, to not drill the mast. Rather, you can use some prefab aluminum split collars to accept any controls you want to attach.
Fair winds and following seas,
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It’s a good windward shore with added benefit that the wind is 100% predictable here. Nothing till 10am then building to max at around 1pm. Stays max till about 5 or 6 then dies within a couple of hours. The great thing about this location on the lake is very little fetch so wave action is low even with considerable wind. I’m liking it.

Very happy with the LH control boards. As a multi use platform you can mock up configurations and customize all sorts of fun things. I don’t see any need to mount hardware anywhere else. So yeah for the forward sail I’ll just switch to end boom sheeting to another fairlead and cam cleat adjacent the main on the center board, which also doubles as a chillin/hiking seat.

On the subject of reefing it seems to me there is heightened need for close attention. Not much margin on this boat before things can bend and break. As you say, over canvassed boats don’t sail well so reefing early is always the best way to go. I would agree with 12mph.

Appreciate all the suggestions. Would love to see the three amigos! Is there a photo of her somewhere here?
Klepper Aerius II Schooner -1950’s
Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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I will get some pics from the group, including the Three Amigos, they are posted on Facebook but I am a curmudgeon and refuse to use "the" Facebook but I will get them just the same. As far as the limits of the rig go...you might be surprised. I assume you have a newer version of the BSD sail and aka? Dave Valverde, the owner of BSD, has built the equipment to much higher specs/strength than the original rigs...the tubes are doubled and tripled in some cases. I have sailed with several feet of mast deflection and never had a failure. Not saying it can't happen, just sayin'.
In the meantime, this is my old Klepper rig... https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing

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Kleppers, A1 Expedition and carbon Quattro
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Nice work, Mark. Part of me would love to have the benefits of a schooner rig. One day, maybe

You are right about being at the ready for changes in wind. I am always prepared to work the sheet (I rarely cleat unless close-hauled) and/or the rudder to keep the mast from bending too much and keep the ama seam above the water most of the time.

The mast and akas are really toothpicks compared to a regular sailboat with shrouds and stays. Still, they can bend quite a bit without breaking. I know because I have watched them bend on Greg's rig. I believe the bending of one's mast/akas appears less dramatic viewed from one's own cockpit.

Waves will add another level of excitement. When beam reaching on a breezy day with fetch, a wave will sometimes lift the leeward ama, tilting the windward ama downward to be overwashed broadside by the next wave. Imagine surfing in your Klepper while broad reaching!! Even with my slow Folbots and a single sail I can see 7+ knots for a couple of seconds.

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Re: Klepper / BSD Schooner - Initial Impression

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I like your suggestion RangerTim to keep ama seam above the water. Will see how that equates to windspeed on my unreefed rig.

I can definitely see how wave action would add another complexity. When going upwind and heading off 45 degrees either direction to oncoming waves, which is a normal good seamanship thing to do, this would cause the windward ama to be hit first by waves causing the leeward ama (which is already under pressure) to dive. Same thing on a nice lake with a big boat wake. That’s an eye opener. So what do you guys do? Let up on the sheets before the big one hits?

Yes, G, it’s a newer BSD rig with the double tubing that goes across the mounting points. On my Long Haul mounting there is also a third layer of tubing at the mounting points. That just means it’s more likely to break somewhere else! Actually this added beefiness can only be a good thing and means to me that David is supporting the natural evolution of the design. I like your control board and can appreciate the thought that must have gone into it. I’m now waiting on my first Harken order!

Also I can’t post without a photo. So here’s one from yesterday. Cheers!
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Klepper Aerius II Schooner -1950’s
Jackson, WY
Allied Seawind Cutter 32’ 1978
Pender Island, Canada

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