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SCOW BOW JUNK RIG 

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SCOW BOW

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.

JUNK RIG

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.


MODERN SCOW BOW & JUNK RIG

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! 

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If you're interested in a Red Dog Yacht Scow Bow Junk Rig, 

let us know at barry@reddogyachts.com or samantha@reddogyachts.com

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