Advertisement: Streamlined Rod Rigging
One of the benefits touted, "Wind resistance approximately 1/3 that of stainless wire of the same strength."
The ad is from the January, 1939 issue of Yachting
magazine. The vendor is the Pennsylvania Aircraft Syndicate and the drawings of a Starboat spreader fitting would pass muster today. "Proved during the 1938 racing
season on the sensationally successful Star Foo."
The text is accompanied by a picture of Foo.
. Her sail number was 1550.
I would also note the Star has a fin keel
and a skeg-hung rudder
The old saw really is true: there is nothing new in naval architecture.