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SCOW BOW JUNK RIG
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Fifteen hundred years
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One of the original scow bow designs was by J.O. Johnson 1894 With little knowledge of what he was doing, he began his design at the White Bear Boat Works in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It had a radical dish design so it could skim across the top of the water and had a centerboard for stability. Johnson then entered his boat in one of the regular scheduled Yacht Races in 1896. It looked so different his friends laughed and teased him saying, “It looks like a slice of bread” and “It looks like a scow”. This jeering was short-lived, however, as the Johnson Scow not only lapped the fleet, but was home with the sails down by the time the second place boat crossed the finish line.
Early as the 10th century, the Chinese were making their way across the oceans with a rig that has stood the test of the time. It had a completely different looking sail plan, typically lacking any standing rigging (stays and shrouds). The early Chinese engineers and designers appeared clearly way ahead of their time. There are many who feel this very old but very innovative sail plan is superior to the more popular sloop rig and others.
In 1977, Barry Spanier began dreaming about the concept of combining the scow bow and junk rig with modern technology, but didn't actually start to create the design until 2014. With the help of Jim Antrim Designs and Cree Partridge of Berkeley Marine Center, the dream became a reality in January 2019 when construction started on the SV Rosie G. With a carbon fiber mast, spar and battens, and super light sail material, the junk rig is exceptionally lighter than the Chinese a thousand years ago; and with the scow bow, it will be a magic carpet ride!
Long before Barry Spanier started Maui Sails and became a legend in windsurfing sail design, he built a ferro-cement sloop in San Francisco and sailed off to the South Pacific. He was running away from the madness of the 1960s, but he found plenty of new crazy adventures, from "borrowing" the 76-foot Alden Schooner Constellation, to having a curse put on him, to loosing his boat and almost his life when he was shipwrecked off New Zealand.
In the 60s, Barry Spanier built a boat in San Francisco, sailed it through the South Pacific and then lost it, and everything but his life, in a shipwreck. Starting over again, he launched a sail loft in Hawaii, Maui Sails, and became a legend in windsurfing sail design. Today he's building another boat at the Berkeley Marine Center.
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Have a look at SV Rosie G Project: A Journey of a Dream
Have a look at Oh, that's what it is?
Have a look at What is it?
Have a look at Rosie G: A Scow-Bow Junk Named After a Dead Dog
Have a look at Latitude 38
Have a look at GMT Composites News
Have a look at Sailing Anarchy
Have a look at Latitude 38 SF Boat Builders (PDF)
Have a look at Sailing a Scow Bow Mini by David Raison
Have a look at Sails & Rigging: Junk Rigs for Cruisers