maturin Posted July 27, 2014 Share Posted July 27, 2014 The thing about studdingsails is that they are goddamn complicated. Their chapter in Seamanship in the Age of Sail is like five times longer than all the other chapters. I don't think it's really worth it if they're just going to be a speed-boost where we set all the canvas willy-nilly, with no regards to any of the real factors at work. Paintings of ships with every studding sail set are due either to artistic license or a flat calm where the captain wants to take maximum advantage of ANY puff of air from a butterfly ruffling its wings in China. In practice, the most common use of studdingsails would be set them on one side of the ship only. And most of the time you would only use one or two: a foretopsail stun'sail on the windward side, maybe a maintopsail stun'sail on the leeward side (before stun'sails were mostly discontinued on the mainmast). Basically you would need to allow a huge variety of configurations, including weird stuff like stun'sails on the maintopgallant but not the topsail, making the higher sail wider. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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