Sunday, January 22, 2012

More About Windalier - Design 1615

A blog reader asked us to discuss the rig change for design #1615, Windalier, done in 1995. It's a pretty straightforward story. The owner felt that the boat was generally underpowered. At the same time he wished to switch to a carbon fiber main mast. Our task was to translate his desire for more sail area + weight savings aloft into increased sail area. The result was a double spreader rig that is 7' taller than the original mast.

Here's a comparison of the two sail plans.

And here she is under sail with the new rig.

Speaking of Windalier, we found this sequence of images from the time of her launch at Abeking & Rasmussen from launch to being loaded on a ship bound for America. Note the varnished deckhouse sides versus the painted sides she has today.


  1. The new rig's mizzen is also larger than the original rig's. I do like the appearance of the new taller rig .

    1. does anyone know what the name that is on the transom in the last picture of her aboard the ship? We gave her the current name. I skippered this boat from 1975 until 1982 and have never seen these pictures before. Gotta love the internet!

  2. The boat was originally named Windalier. The transom says: