I'm an amateur sailboat designer
at heart, and came up with what I think is a new way of rigging
a sailboat that I think offers some practical advantages. I did some reasearch into old rigging
designs and discovered that this particular sail has already been invented and is called a fisherman. But is only really used on ketch-rig vessels and staysail scooners.
But I was considering using this type of sail on a single
masted sloop-rig. Essentially, I take a gaff mainsheet and cut it diagonally from the tip of the gaff down to a point at the base, of the mast
. Removing the boom and using the gaff as the only supporting structure. This significantly cuts out power, but leaves sail area high up which is useful when "skunkholing" in the shadow of land. It also leaves the aft deck
totaly free of obstruction, say if you wanted to use the space and getting somewhere fast wasn't an issue. If you wanted to make more sail, you can simply hoist a triangular sheet from the gaff point - replacing the cut segment from the mainsail
, albeit with a soft bottom.
Can any experienced sailors see a flaw in this design?