Ketch Schooner Yawl Cutter

17th Century Ketch

The modem Dutch boeier (below) has changed little from the designs which could be seen in the Netherlands in the 17th century.The gaff mainsail, from which the rig derives its name, is four-sided and set from a movable spar, or gaff, as it is known. The Marconi mainsail, from which the rig derives its name, superseded the gaff rig in the early years of the 20th century. It is a triangular sail set on a tall mast. The Marconi mainsail, from which the rig derives its name, superseded the gaff rig...

Improving your sailing

Once you have mastered the basic skills of sailing you will almost certainly want to learn how to make your boat go faster. Boat speed will depend on a number of factors your skill as a sailor, the design of your boat and the way the sails and rigging arc adjusted to suit different sailing conditions. The first essential is to improve your sailing skills by frequent practice and to understand exactly how the different controls affect the boat's performance on the various points of sailing. Once...