Title: Boat sailing in fair weather and foul
Year: 1903 (1900s)
Authors: Kenealy, Ahmed John, 1854- [from old catalog]
Subjects: Sailing Boats and boating
Publisher: New York [etc.] The Outing publishing co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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and if the gale does notabate, why, Davy Jones locker for allhands and the cook ! The storm trysail must necessarily bea sheet-footed sail set over the furledmainsail. It is a sail comparativelynarrow at the foot, but it should for ob-vious reasons be made as broad as pos-sible at the head, in proper proportionof course to the breadth of the foot. Itneed not have quite as much hoist asthe mainsail, for the throat halyards atsuch a time must have a good drift,while to keep the sail inboard the peakshould be quite extreme. It follows,therefore, that although the rollers maybe high the peak of the trysail is abovethem, and the yacht is kept joggingalong steadily without any sudden andviolent shocks or strains to spar or rig-ging. The following rough sketches will, Ithink, serve to demonstrate the superi-ority of the gaff-headed trysail overthat abortion, the thimble-headed va-riety, which I do not hesitate to con-demn as useless for a modern yachtballasted with outside lead in a seaway.
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No. I shows vessel with gaffheaded KEEP YO UR WE A THER EYE OPEN, 85 sail on the crest of a wave. She dropsdown into the hollow of the wave andbecomes No. 2. The shaded part of thesail catches the wind over the crests ofthe waves, and the area so exposed issufficient to steady the vessel and giveher a safe heel or list. Now I wish to call your attention toNo. 3. She has enough sail spread whenon the crest of a wave. But observe herwhen in the hollow. She has scarcely astitch of sail above the level of the crest.The consequence is that her weightbeing so low down, and her form havingso much stability, she swings with aviolent roll to windward and her mastis thereby imperilled. This is the resultof not having the requisite amount ofpressure at the head of the sail. The commanders of square-riggedvessels always bear this in mind. Theyheave to under a close-reefed maintop-sail, never under a lower course, and theship v/hen in the trough of the sea hasenough sail exposed to keep her steady
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