Bluenose Canadian Schooner
December 23, 2017
The balloon jib sail is the last sail that goes forward of the fore mast. It hangs up above the jib and jumbo jib sails. This sail is very similar to the jib sail in its construction and rigging.
The sail was made in the normal fashion, using a paper template. Like the jib sail, the balloon jib has a unique seam pattern.
The balloon jib halliard holds the top corner of the balloon jib up. It is pretty straight forward, and is similar to other halliards we’ve encountered so far.
A block is hooked to the band on the fore mast, and another block is attached to the corner of the sail. Some tan rigging line is seized to the mast’s block, then run through the sail’s block and back through the mast block.
From there it runs down to the rail where it is belayed to a pin.
The sheets are very similar to the the ones for the jib sail. There are two sheets – port and starboard. Only one of the sheets is ‘tight’ at once, depending on which side of the ship the sail is set to. The other sheet is left loose and draping over the jib sail.
These start with a black line sized to the corner of the sail to make the pendant.
The pendant runs about halfway towards the deck, where it is seized to a single block. Tan line runs through this block.
One end of the tan line is seized to an eyebolt, while the other runs further aft and is belayed to a pin.
The ‘loose’ sheet is rigged the same way, except the pendant runs back over the jib sail before heading for the deck.
The balloon jib downhaul is pretty simple. This thin tan line is seized to the top of the sail. It runs loosely down to a block on the bowsprit.
After passing through the block, it runs through a fairlead (eyebolt) and gets belayed to a pin
The balloon jib tack is also very simple. This is a tan line that is seized to the sail on one end, and the bowsprit on the other.
The hanks are just like those we added on the jib and jumbo jib sails. They are made from brass wire, and used to hold the sail on the stay.
That finishes off the balloon jib sail. Only two sails remain!