Do you have any comments on my use of a oceanic
lateen(crab claw) sail.
The reason I am using such a sail is because it is
to make (cut flat) and I will be only
sailing downwind (they are not suited to upwind
It also allows me to use a short mast(6 meter) which
can easily be lowered.
I also think the oceanic lateen is a very attractive
sail and different from everyone else. Mine will be a
dark red colour.
Most of my sailing experience in the tropics has seen
many days of no wind
, flat calm. The wind
comes in at 10-15 knots, which is good for sailing and
then,the wind increases to 25 knots which is not so
A number of my friends have built "sailing type"
catamarans which have no mast
, just two small
They comment that when the sea is flat (for the
wife,of course) they can travel many miles to there
favourite islands/coral reefs
They say the high cost of mast/rigging/sails which
they do not need to buy, allows them to pay for many
years of diesel fuel
These boats use two small diesels 2X 50 hp which are
very economical and they can travel at 9-10 knots
which is a good speed.
I love sailing,but most cruising is always
done down wind. I do not need a daggerboard if I am
sailing downwind, I do not even have a rudder
, as I
will probably always have one motor
outboards are very very quiet) however with a sail up
in 10-15 knots I will save a lot of fuel
travel at a good speed.
The oceanic lateen allows me to use a short ($200)
and a very cheap
$200 sail, so I can still sail
and save money
and not have to spend $30,000 on a
proper sail rig.
Anyway this is my plan and I can always change.