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Re: How to reef a lateen with reef points
When I first started sailing, I though the modern Marconi rig had evolved as the "optimum rig" and that it just looks "right". Since then, I have found that a modern Marconi rig is simply a compromise as the best configuration for most points of sail for most sailors needs. This may not be what you need.
For example, on a small boat, you might want an unstayed mast (without wires holding it up). A Lateen sail or Gaff rig enable an unstayed SHORT mast to carry a huge sail so they can be considerably better than a Marconi rig. A Marconi rig is complicated and expensive with its height and the stays. Due to this height and the stays, it is complicated to raise and lower the mast. By comparison, a Lateen or gaff rig mast is easy to raise and lower. For a short mast, a Lateen rig offers a huge amount of sail and LESS heeling moment for the same amount of drive enabling a boat to sail "on her lines" better and faster.
I intend to build another boat and if it is a sailboat, will be a large one, 34-36' length and it will have either a Gaff, Feluca or Lateen rig. One advantage of a lateen or feluca rig is you do not carry a jib so the entire sail plan is seriously simple. My reasoning is that my next boat will be a motor-sailor where I motor more than I sail. I plan to do this because I find that this is what I do anyway when I want to actually get somewhere. In other words, a power vessel with an auxiliary sail. An auxiliary sail should be simple hence a feluca or lateen.