Hoyt develops balanced rigApr 14, 2008
Hoyt’s most recent innovation is the Hoyt Balanced Rig. The patented rig involves a horizontal gaff and boom that are carried out to the side of a freestanding mast by a special offset arm. The result is a clean leading edge that is free of wind interference from the mast and standing rigging. The arrangement allows both the gaff and the boom to extend forward of the mast, balancing the rig and reducing weather helm. The sail is attached to the mast with a light, stiff, aerodynamic sleeve that allows the sail to rotate 360° around the mast.
As with many of Hoyt’s designs the rig is a bit unusual looking. Traditionalists might gasp at the sight of a squared-headed mainsail fixed to a square gaff rather than continuing upward to a triangular peak. But Hoyt claims that radical profile results in less drag and minimizes tip vortex. Hoyt also claims the rig has reduced sheeting loads and is safer to jibe. For more information and to watch a video of the rig in action, visit www.garry