Re: Differences in traditional sail types
Originally Posted by GregX999
It's harder to get it to set properly, reefed or un-reefed. A boom simplifies your sheeting angles and improves your off-wind performance quite a bit. I've decided the little bit of extra work making another stick is more than compensated for with improved handling and handiness.
My favorite rig out of the ones you've listed (and I've owned boats with every one of those types plus others) is the balance lug, followed by the standing lug, both with booms. A spritsail of any type is more complicated and less handy to reef quickly--I find it sub-optimum for any generously canvassed, performance-oriented boat where you'll find yourself reefing regularly.
A jib is utterly needless complication on any boat small enough to not have a foredeck to go out on for reefing and handling--unless you just like 'em for some reason. I use jibs on my bigger boats, but I would avoid them like the plague on a small, trailered sail & oar boats like what you seem to be asking about. Unstayed rigs are so very much quicker and pleasanter to set up or strike while underweigh.
Last edited by James McMullen; 08-22-2009 at 10:50 AM.
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