Which reminds me.
Years ago it seemed that almost every cruising boat sported lee clothes on the cockpit lifelines. You still see them but they appear to be nowhere near as popular these days. Any thoughts, anyone, on why this is so ? Or indeed is it so ?
We have them on Lealea. Ours go all the way around the stern. Makes for much improved privacy while in the marina and a drier cockpit at sea.
That whole bark, ship, brig, sloop thing is a great topic for discussion while everyone is half looped on beer but the plain fact is that it was never engraved in granite. There is British naval tradition of course but that depends on the period.
And of course that which we call a "Sloop" today
Is very different from the "Sloop" of the mid 19th century