Originally Posted by beiland
BTW I think the term 'fisherman sail' is incorrect with respect to the rig under discussion in this subject thread. Most references
describe a fisherman sail as a four-sided sail, ie
More than likely the sail depicted in this jib-schooner plan might be termed a 'trysail' ?
...or perhaps even a 'mule' which is also a 3 sided sail rather than a 4-sided fisherman.
How easily we get off topic
and how enjoyable it is...
Firstly I jave to say this is not the correct terminology "Trysail Barkentine. Fore-n-aft rig more than two masts is a barkentine":what: I know this is not your quote...
A Barkentine has the foremast rigged as a square, not a fore and aft mast. The rigging
is totally different, its not about the staysails, as in you can't convert a three masted topsail schooner to a Barkentine just by removing the foresail and replacing it with a few staysails. The masting is completely different. Even though superficially it may look similar.
On that weird fisherman sail. Id probably still call it a fisherman myself. It rolls of the tongue nicely and isnt easily confused with any other sail. Its function, and postioning is similar to a "proper" four sided fisherman for me to be comfortable enough with it. The term mule is usually associated with something run up the backstay on a ketch
. So I wouldnt call it that myself, and its not really a nice pleasant name for a sail. With its (possibly apt) connotations with the stubborn animal.
Trysail is what they often call the same sail on a wishbone ketch. And probably is the most correct term, but personally it us to easily confused with the modern use as a storm trysail.
So overall if it was me Id call it a fisherman and be quite happy to argue with any traditionalists who want to argue that that term only applies to four cornered sails. Most people would understand its function as a big light weather
sail filling the space between the tips of the masts on a schooner.
If a big four sided overlapping fisherman spinnaker/light airs sail was used Id call it a Gollywobbler because it is the best name ever for a sail.