Judy Boyer Sailboat February 12th, 2018 - 12:07:06
While most people tend to think of sailboats as all being the same there are actually a variety of different types of sailboats in use throughout the world today. The basics still apply to them as far as sails and using the wind to power them through the water but the features that make them unique offer a variety of different benefits to people depending on their personal preferences. Many people wrongly assume that the size of the sailboat is the defining characteristic that separates it from other sailboats on the water. While different size sailboat will certainly have different features and provide its passengers with an array of different comforts its not the size that really matters. The most common differences between sailboats have to do with the number and the position of masts that each ship has though in recent years that is no longer the only distinction.
You will need to be good with your hands and have a small workshop with the necessary tools. Its best to buy the tools as you go along to avoid unnecessary expenditure. You may decide to buy a prefabricated hull and sails or alternatively you may opt to make everything yourself. Whatever you decide your starting point is a scale drawing with enough detail to get you started. If you are really ambitious you could even create your own design. Beware of scaling down the plans of a full size boat unless you are an expert mathematician because the relationship is not direct.
Through more recent technology the number of hulls that a sailboat has is also an important consideration when determining what distinguishes one ship from another. Multiple hull sailboats are also more commonly referred to as catamarans. These sailboats offer greater stability than its monhull (as they are now being referred to) counterparts due to the wide spread between the hulls. This creates strong leverage which allows them to cruise as greater speeds than the monohulls. Many modern catamarans have surprisingly spacious areas below deck for any number of purposes including storage sleeping quarters and basic shelter. There are also three-hulled sailboats known as trimarans and these are becoming very popular in recent years.
Then there are the two-mast sailboats. These usually start at forty feet and can run up to as large as one-hundred fifty feet long. They are generally designed for longer voyages and are not very practical for local cruising except for cruises and other expeditions as part of a business where several hands are on staff for these cruises. There are several different kinds of two-mast sailboats that include the schooner ketch and yawl. There are also three-mast sailboats which build on the concept of the two-mast and are mostly associated with the classic sailing ships throughout history.