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Sailboats are either fully or partially powered by catching wind using sails and transferring that energy so that the boat can be propelled into forwarding motion.
Whether big or small, all sailboats rely on the basic concepts of flotation and movement.
A sailboat commonly consists of nine parts:
- Hull - the shell of the boat.
- Rudder - alters the boat’s direction, in connection with the tiller
- Tiller - connected to the rudder. It allows you to steer the boat by moving it left or right.
- Mainsail - the larger sail that captures the majority of the wind, propelling the sailboat
- Jib - the smaller sail that provides additional power to the sailboat
- Mast - the vertical pole directly connecting the Mainsail to the Hull
- Boom - the horizontal pole that allows you to rotate the sail to catch as much win as possible.
- Keel - A long, slim plank at the bottom of the hull that helps with the sailboat’s balance and prevents it from tipping over
- Deck - the part you sit on, usually above the waterline
You need to determine the current direction of the wind when you’re sailing. If it is downwind, the wind is coming from your back, you just need to place your mainsail perpendicular to the wind. It catches the most wind possible easily propelling your sailboat forward.
Sailing upwind, the wind is coming directly in front, is more difficult. In this instance, the wind isn’t the only force that the boat interacts with, but also the water that the boat is in.
For you to propel forward in an upwind, you need to point your boat on an angle to still catch the wind. The boat will tip to one side, allowing the underwater keel to displace the water in the opposite direction. This cancels the forces out, but the collected wind goes in a forward thrust.
Sailing is a great hobby. It can be very relaxing and can teach you many life skills. You can get a headstart on how to sail by watching the step-by-step guide. You can also find out the experiences of this couple who chose to live on their sailboat for five years.
Launched on: May 25, 2020