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Idea for new type of sailing rig
I had this strange idea a few years back for a sailing rig but I never did anything with it. I imagine others must have had similar ideas and I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried anything like this. This idea (assuming it actually works) would completely eliminate any healing force. It goes something like this: Imagine your sail was tilted towards the wind. Now move the whole sail (mast, boom, everything) far leeward all the way off the deck but imagine the whole thing is somehow still attached to the boat. At some point the force vector from the sail will pass under the boat and it will actually want to heal into the wind. I think it's easier to picture if we just consider the boat close hauled for now. In any case, somewhere in-between there is a balance and you don't need a weighted keel anymore. It's almost like the sail would act like a kite except with a solid string.
So now, all we need is a way to move the sail from side to side and have it tilt in towards the wind at the same time. I think I'll need to draw a picture to explain the actual rig, but first does anyone have any thoughts about the principal of the whole thing? Has it been tried before?