I have corresponded with a Spanish amateur sailor, Juan de la Fuente, who has the same boat as I have. He has experimented with different rigs, but finally he has rigged his boat in the same way as mine.
I like his story on Mirror rigged Tabur 320.
Here is the unflattering description of our boat:
The Tabur 320 is just about as ugly as a boat can be.
It has got large hips, a flat nose and the black front deck looks like the lid of a rubbish bin. Its pale yellow colour looks like puke. It is simply awful.
But if you don’t care about looks, and are looking for a cheap, light and sturdy old banger, the Tabur is like no other. Forget about road trailers and paint and plywood rot, fibreglass cracks or anyone stealing it from your backyard. For one thing is sure, it will never attract jealous glances from anyone when you are in it. So the meek shall inherit the earth. And I love it just like that.
Sure it accelerates like an old diesel van, and it cuts thru the waves bouncing like a drunkard in a crowd, but its daggerboard would resist shark bites, and you’ll never break the rudder. It is stable and very forgiving on a broach, you’d have to be drunk to capsize it…
Last year, I rigged the boat at the same time as a sailing class at Veulettes. They asked me – “Does that thing float?” At the end of the class, with me sailing near the school boats, we arrived on the beach and they had to conclude that not only did my boat not sink, it sailed very well with its rig.
I will be taking Σοφία to the far tip of Brittany at the end of this month to the Route du Sable sail-and-oar gathering. My boat doesn’t win races but she can sail with very little wind. The rig gives a terrific amount of flexibility of response to the weather, including the possibility of lowering the mainsail totally and sailing downwind with the jib alone – not forgetting the possibility of going under bridges of only 3.20 m height without de-masting.
Juan’s account is full of humour and he has improved on many of my own modifications based on those of David Sumner, Mirror-tuner and intrepid cruiser of the English South Coast!