Think I'll try out the new section... [img]smile.gif[/img]
Don, here is another rig that was used on crabbers in the Chesapeake region.
To depowr the rig, all you do is let the sheet fly, and the sail trails out downwind. No stays on the mast to interfere, and the boom keeps tension in the sail so it doesn't flog around much.
Sprit Boom Rig
"The Chesapeake "Crabbing Skiff" . . . A popular workboat along the East
Coast from Cape Cod to Maryland during the 1880s to early 1900s. These shallow draft
sailing workboats were referred to as "Flat Irons", due to the characteristic shape of the
hull. Crabbing Skiffs were built with one or more half decks used to stiffen the structure
and provide bow and stern stowage. These skiffs could be operated by one person."