Sprit rig question

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by rgranger, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. keith66
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    keith66 Senior Member

    I built a whitehall with a spritsail rig, she went very well & the sail was cut pretty flat, it was loose footed without a boom so downwind tended to generate rolling if you were not careful.
    The ultimate spritsail rig was that of the Thames barge & they were handled by very small crews reputedly a man & boy. Probably the most efficient cargo carrying hull & rig ever evolved for the job they were intended for.
  2. souljour2000
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    souljour2000 Senior Member

    Messabout... My belated thanks as well for the good points you made about loose-footed mains and their pros and cons...The bimini will probably get in the way alot...it's huge and since I got it for free and it's all stainless frame so I was really hoping to work it into the boat's overall rig somehow...just not likely to happen and like I mentioned...a small boat like my 20-footer is hard to rig a bimini efficiently... even when unfurled.... it will make for messy cockpit rails...Maybe I should have kept that big sombrero hat I used to have...think I got it a garage sale...Ranger if your still around..crab claws are cool...especially on a cat...

  3. ancient kayaker
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    ancient kayaker aka Terry Haines

    I would suggest caution when using non-working area. I did some experimenting with sails on a kayak some years back, and it worked well on all points except upwind. I believe this was due to the paddler's frontal area creating drag.
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