Sail boats are water vessels propelled by sails. Commonly used for cruising and racing, they are made up of a keel, hull, and sail. They usually have cabins used as sleeping quarters. They have a length of 20 to 70 feet.
Types of Sail Boats
Kinds of Sail Boats include the following:
Sloop sail boats
Sloop sail boats are made with a foresail and a mainsail.
Considered to have the general sail configuration, they can be combined with fractional rigs or additional foresails.
When combined with fractional rigs, they allow the foresail to extend only part of the way up the mast for better sailing performance.
Catboat sail boats
Catboat sail boats are made with one mast but no headsail.
Their sails are gaff-rigged.
Their masts are positioned near the bow.
Most are made with cabins.
They have a length of 16 to 26 feet.
Ketch sail boats
Ketch sail boats are made with a mizzen mast and a main mast.
They can also have jib sails positioned before the main mast.
Some are rigged and extremely long, measuring more than 70 feet.
The larger ones have spacious center cockpits and deck spaces.
Schooner sail boats
Schooner sail boats are made with at least two masts in almost the same height.
Their top sails are rigged to support the square sails positioned near the foremast’s tip.
They are usually gaff- or marconi-rigged.
Choosing Sail Boats (Buying tips)
Hull material: Choose a sail boat with fiberglass hull, making it more durable than wood and resistant to rust, corrosion, and softening.
Speed: If you want a fast sail boat, choose one with a mono hull. It also uses a centerboard or a keel that keeps the sail boat stable.
Space: For more space, choose a sail boat with a mono hull that provides a more spacious interior than a multihull sail boat of the same length.