Hello to all from this longtime lurker.
Thereīs been considerable interest here on this board in the lateen sailing boats fom the mediterranean. Most people, myself included, find them to be graceful but mysterious craft, so dissimilar from the small sailing vessels we usually encounter.
Last week, on a visit to Barcelona, Spain, I was fortunate enough to capture these images of one gorgeous 15-17 footer, as it was moored at the harbour. Thankfully, the owner didnīt show up, or else I would have offered him lots of money to take me sailing
Iīve built a page with links to the original full size images, which permit to make out all the details of the spars and rigging. Caution: They are HUGE images, but you really can see every detail !
If I may, here are a couple of questions:
Is it true that the sail will always stay on the same side of the mast in this craft ? And why has the mizzen mast partner two holes ?
Well, enjoy the pics, and donīt forget to admire the neat job done on the sheaves, the bowsprit/sternsprit setup (they are stored under the oars), and of course, the sheer elegance of a fully decked small sailing boat.
The last pic is a model of a similar vessel under full sail.
Here are the pics