Monday, March 17, 2008
Sail plans are fascinating, kind of like roofing creating airflow around & over a building, but these also create power by taking the force of the breeze and converting it to a force of motion through a fluid medium.
I have sailed all kinds of Bermudian & Marconi type rigs, am currently sailing a standing lug, which I am going to try and convert to a dipping lug this year. I've sailed a couple of sprit rigs, but the others in this book I have only seen: Gunters, batwings, and junk.
Sails must have good aerodynamic properties, be able to de-power easily, last long, be simple to rig and stow, and for my purposes, fit in the boat. Looking nice is an agreeable attribute. I personally like the tanbark color.