Re: Differences in traditional sail types
Sprits are harder to reef than lugs. With sprit rigged boats I have two rigs rather than reef a lot. With booms I find that if you cut them low foward and up at the clew, the boom will generally clear you taking and jibing and you will lose very little in performance. A double ended boat is really hard to get the sail to set right without a boom.
The most efficient of these rigs that I have used is a full batten standing lug with the lower batten acting as a boom and the foot cut so that the sail is pretty much self vanging. The mast for a lug rigged boat should be quite stiff so that it does not bend when you flatten the sail by pulling down the down haul. It has a very high aspect ration with almos a vertical leach so in this boat there is no problem with sheeting angles. The foot is much shorter than the boat.
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