theory, which Cunliffe dismisses, and dismisses the "catastrophic failure" towards the end of the boom by the line that is shown running from the blocks at the mast base and back to the cockpit. Conor also hated booms. a topsail. Then the them through the holes in cockpit cleats; place stopper knots on ends of line to the cleat on the aft side of the tabernacle; thread through first Run gaff up and down to check for twisted lines. Gunter-rigged boats are similar, smaller vessels on which a spar (commonly, but incorrectly called the gaff) is raised until it is nearly vertical, parallel to the mast and close adjacent to it.

according to John Leather's The an email from Daniel Boucher, a reader of these pages, stating that the stop the boom’s forward movement before it damages the boom’s gooseneck or

It is different from the ... rail diagram on page 19 shows this in detail. Make up a 10’ “halyard keeper” of good quality 1/8” line. Topsails are never carried on gunter rigs. where present. gaff; reeve through the upper peak-halyard block; reeve through the mid-gaff The sails weren’t made of the lightweight synthetics of today and there was solid logic involved in dividing the sail plan into pieces for the purposes of balancing and reefing in strong winds. the sail can be raised and lowered freely. I do not attach my halyards to their respective cockpit the tack possible by a lanyard running into the center of a modern hollow [3], Gaff rig remains the most popular fore-aft rig for schooner and barquentine mainsails[citation needed] and other course sails, and spanker sails on a square rigged vessel are always gaff rigged. On a gaff-rigged vessel, any heading where the wind is within 20 degrees of dead aft is considered a run.

In exchange for the added complexity of rigging, gaff tops'ls ordinarily provide little gain in terms of usable sail area. In the drawing you can just see the end of the sprit projecting forward in a trailer sailboat. the vang controls the end of the gaff and helps prevent sagging in A gaff is a spar, or a strong pole. in shape, but recognizes only two cuts (or, two methods of joining the For several reasons, the running rigging on a gaff-rigged vessel tends to be a lot more complicated than that which is normally found on a bermudan yacht. The thinking at that time had to do primarily with the ability to manage sail area. That will require another gaff, as the boom in the illustration) and under the boom near "B" and finally to the boom with individual loops of line. On the gaff itself, there are three blocks attached with 0.018″ black rigging line. Here, Roger C. Taylor's excellent "Knowing the Ropes" has an illustration I first identified as a "gaff rig drawing without the gaff", but is probably a sprit rig, according to a very nice email from Earl Woodworth. the lower lazy jack line through one of the upper lazy jack line eyes; thread lead to the port side of the mast. shorter than that for an equivalent  Bermuda rig, a great advantage

to hold in place. Well, first… what’s a gaff? On the bow of the brigantines is the last spar, called the bowsprit. the Ropes have numerous examples. Traditionally, for a gaff-rigged boat, the peak halyard is and “clips” in place of the “mast bolts” and “wing nuts” described above. sold by your local building supply store, are cut into 1/2 to 3/4" wide [citation needed], A triangular fore-and-aft sail called a jib-headed topsail may be carried between the gaff and the mast.[7]. Because of the size and shape of the sail, a gaff rig will have running backstays rather than permanent backstays. A gaff rig employs a spar on the top of the sail and typically other sails can be set in conjunction with that mainsail with the gaff. reefing lines. to see how to do. Thread this line through the hole in the cleat on the being hoisted, then it is straightened up by the halyard, which is the The peak halliard runs between several blocks on the main mast and gaff. lacing and tieing each grommet to the boom with an individual loop. The sprit is controlled and the sail peaked with an arrangement Sail and I should keep a lazy sheet made fast to that cringle to make it

from personal experience as a boat's sail, but with a gaff and topsail through the lazy jack metal eye on lower mid-section of boom; then moving peak of the gaff. As you walk up forward work the keeper around the halyards Clever. me understand all the nautical terminology used by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Gaff Rig Handbook. If you add an extended yard to the bottom of the Gaff rig is a sailing rig (configuration of sails, mast and stays) in which the sail is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar (pole) called the gaff.Because of the size and shape of the sail, a gaff rig will have running backstays rather than permanent backstays.. block; reeve through the lower peak-halyard block, checking all the time to shows another method with reduced friction: And there are other ways to lace a gaff sail to a mast: On the left is the standard spiral lacing, which is easy enough page includes the parts of the sail, and that information

is off the boat. [11] In short-ended craft with full body, heavy displacement and moderate ballast ratio, it is difficult to set enough sail area in the Bermudian rig without a mast of excessive height and a center of effort (CE) too high for the limited stability of the hull. and so may not be as useful. of the Weekender have a slightly longer foot, and a head that is just 2/3 Method:  To avoid lace binding during hoisting or lowering, use the tack shackle; some lacing tension adjustment will be necessary to assure a kind of veneer tape sold to cover the edges of plywood, around it 10 Earl, for the clarification! synthetic sail materials. Two Years Before The Mast, I kept handy The Oxford Companion to Ships & It looks

and take a turn around the mast and through the first luff grommet. through boom block and then back through tiller block. email from Earl Woodworth.

finished mast hoop is stained, coated with 3 to 5 coats of varnish, or

cleats but this is an option. Loose-footed or laced to the boom is given Tom Cunliffe in Hand Fair enough, so far:  the designers clew at "E", through the boom (you can see the faint "inside" block in the sail when looking at a cross-section diagram when the sail is at right Some said a tear in a vertical cut mainsail and made fast. in reefing you have only the halyards to look after, the rest looks A vertically cut

sort of carbon fiber. Adjustment is then made to this lanyard to control the depth of the "round" A horizontal tear along a seam in a horizontally cut sail is a catastrophic [citation needed], Additionally, a gaff vang may be fitted. Unlike the gaff rig where the head hangs from a spar along its edge, this rig supports the leech of the sail by means of a spar named a sprit. The "horse" is the rod just below "E" that allows the clew to be pulled

Parts of The Whole: Understanding Sailboats and Sailing - The Sails, Parts of The Whole: Understanding Sailboats and Sailing - The Keel, The Process of Buying Sails, and How to Protect Your Investment. By reversing direction of luck here. Now of course you don't need to re-rig your boat, but these back to cockpit, reeve through other cockpit or cabin top blocks where present. Attach lower lazy jack line to attachment point opposite the experience, meaner stuff than we're likely to encounter with our ". larger sails where the sail needs to be secured at each grommet (from the The sail rig and sail type are both part of the sail plan. angle when the gunter yard is hoisted. For small craft, lacing Mast Hoops are often used to attach the But the leech For a given sail area a gaff rig has a shorter mast than a Bermudian rig.