View Full Version : Topsail for a spritsail rig

07-25-2005, 09:20 PM
Hi All,

I have a 23-foot 18th Century replica gunboat with a sprit rig. I'm thinking about putting a topsail on her and wondered if anyone has any plans or drawings for such a rig.

Bob Cleek
07-26-2005, 12:01 AM
Are you sure there is such a thing as a topsail for a sprit rig? I can't think of what you mean. I'd expect an unreefed main might have been the old time solution, but I don't know for sure.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
07-26-2005, 03:55 AM

Bob Cleek
07-26-2005, 06:09 AM
There! You've got it! Now, do you think it is really worth the difference on a 23' boat? And do you have a mast that high above the main? If so, it could be fun in really light airs.

Brian Palmer
07-26-2005, 07:53 AM
Check the Woodenboat Index for an article about a sprit topsail used on a pea pod (maybe #157?). It had a long spar along the luff (a topmast?) with a halyard about midway up. The halyard was hoisted to the top of the sprit mast. The foot of the spar was controlled by a downhaul and the sail was sheeted to the head of the sprit.

-- Brian

Keith Wilson
07-26-2005, 09:27 AM
There's a traditional type of skiff from the North Carolina cost that used a topsail with a sprit rig. Here's a picture:


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Tom Lathrop
07-26-2005, 12:00 PM
You can get plans for spritsail skiffs and topsail rigs from the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

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Tom Jackson
07-26-2005, 12:42 PM
The article referenced above in WB No. 157 is by William Garden, "A Topsail for a Peapod."