Main types of the sailing equipment of a yacht

Dear friends, we shall continue our series of articles on the topic “Yachting for beginners”. In this selection, we share the information that will help you gain your desired aim of becoming a true yachtsman. Even if you do not have such ambitious plans, it will be interesting to learn some more facts about sail catamarans and their design.

Today we will talk about the sailing equipment of a yacht. It consists of sails, a mast, a boom, shrouds, a mainsail, a spinnaker, a gennaker, a stay, a jib and a sheet.

  • A sail is made of a special cloth or a plate. It is attached to the hull in order to transform the airflow energy into the energy of motion. The sail has a sophisticated structure consisting of many different elements. You can see them on the picture below.
  • A mast is a stand-up structure that provides the form, the stability and the flexibility of the sail.
  • A boom is a facility serving for the stretching of the lower part of the gaff-sail. It is fixed horizontally on the mast, and it can be movable or not.
  • Shrouds are galvanized or steel cables of the dead ropes of a sail catamaran. They fix the mast in a vertical position.
  • A mainsail is the back part of a sail playing the key role in its structure. Its settings influence the running if the sail catamaran in different weather conditions.
  • A spinnaker is an extra “racing” sail helping the mainsail on the high speed. It is made of light cloth and acts like a parachute.
  • A gennaker is an alternative to the spinnaker, but it is smaller. It can be used not only in regattas, but also in cruises with a few people on board.
  • A stay is a rigid steel cable keeping the mast from falling back.
  • A jib is a triangular sail fixed on a stay in order to support the mast.
  • A sheet is a rope that is fixed at the lower part of a goosewing or at the lower back corner of a gaff sail.

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