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Lateen rig points

I have bought a small boat with a lateen rig. It is a 15 foot Dolphin Senior:
DOLPHIN 15 SENIOR sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
Since I'm new to this kind of a rig (have been sailing sloop boats only), what are the advantages, disadvantages, and things to watch for when it comes to sail trim and so forth? Have sailed it yesterday and observed that it does not point very well.
I really bought the trailer the boat was on so I will likely sell this boat really cheap, unless it grows on me.

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Re: Lateen rig points

From my years of sailing Sunfish I can say...
advantages = simple rig, easy to set up and take down, easily beached, will plane on a broad reach in about 10+ knots of wind, good boat for learning to sail

disadvantages = not great pointing ability, lateen rig compromised on one tack where the sail meets the mast, no easy way to throw in a reef that I know of.

Overall it should be a fun but wet boat.
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Thanks, Caleb. How about height of the rig? Any advantages to hoisting the sail as high as it will go on the mast? Besides less chance of being whacked off the boat by the boom.

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A lateen rig allows one to hoist a huge sail on a fairly short mast. You may be faster on a broad reach than even a Laser but sail poorly close hauled.
A Lateen is probably one of the simplest rigs and imho should be incorporated in cruising boats.
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Thanks, Caleb. How about height of the rig? Any advantages to hoisting the sail as high as it will go on the mast? Besides less chance of being whacked off the boat by the boom.
Yes, this is a good point. Raise the upper boom as high as possible while keeping the lower boom level. You can even rig up a down haul on the lower boom to help flatten the sail if needs be.

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You can even rig up a down haul on the lower boom to help flatten the sail if needs be.
Great idea. Thanks!

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