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Build a Spritsail Sail for Your Boat

How to build a spritsail for your boat, includes information on how the spritsail works and an illustrated diagram for building your sail.

| November/December 1985

How to build a spritsail for your boat, an illustrated guide to building this seaworthy shanty. (Click on the "enlarge image" link to see a close-up view of the sail diagram.)

Build a Spritsail Sail for Your Boat

Clamp this simple spritsail onto any small, square-sterned rowboat or dinghy (such as the build-your own model featured in our last issue), and—presto—you'll have yourself a fine little wind cruiser! The rig, though admittedly not quite as efficient ( or complicated) as those on "real" sailboats, performs nicely on a broad reach, and with a good breeze can even bring a boat around to tack at about 30 degrees into the wind. Moreover, since the mast, boom, and rudder work as a single unit, even a novice can readily master the sail's operation.

By following the drawings, you should be able to assemble the entire pusher sail for no more than $45. Those of you who'd prefer to work with larger-scale drawings than we're able to present here, or who are also interested in constructing the plywood dinghy featured in MOTHER NO. 95, may want to purchase a complete set of plans that detail the building of both units. The plans are available for $10.00 plus $1.98 shipping and handling from Boat Plans, THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS PLANS, Hendersonville, NC.

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5/22/2018 7:24:35 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own DIY projects – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)







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