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2 questions please

I am just starting my search for a boat. Will someone please tell me what a
one design is, also what is a partial rig. Thanks.
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Do you mean a fractional rig? That's one where the headstay only goes part way up the mast. Usually uses a smaller headsail than a masthead rig, and the mast is set a bit further forward.
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A "one-design" is a design where the boats are all identical - no hull or rig modifications are permitted, hardware, sails and deck arrangements are sometimes dictated and regulated as well. The idea is that then on the racecourse the best sailor wins, not the "best boat" because they are all the same. One design status can only be maintained by following the class rules.

This, of course, has little relevance for cruising boats.

By "Partial rig" I'll assume you mean a fractional rig. This is where the forestay does not extend to the top of the mast (see my avatar above). Fractional rigs give you easier sailhandling for the headsails and spinnakers, more flexibility in trim and sail shape control. There is a slight cost in sail area at times, but that can be made up in the mast height and mainsail area. We love our frac, it's a joy to sail shorthanded. (we've had both fracs and mastheads over the years)

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Thank you . I knew this was the place to ask.
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