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Re: Insane question about sails
Thanks again to everyone! I am actually thinking now that I can't give them a sail, I don't think their poles are going to be strong enough to support a sail of the size needed to move the boat and I think the logistics of doing it are just going to be too much for most of them. However I don't want to leave everything that happens in the story utterly to chance, either, so I feel like I need to give them some limited control over the boat, at least.
They do have about a week's worth of food and water on board.
The boat does not have a rudder, but I'm thinking that they could build one easily enough using materials onboard. I found a picture of an emergency rudder online but I can't post the link 'cause I'm a newbie, but it looks like something they could put together with the supplies they have.
If they had a rudder but no sail, they could still do some controlled drifting, right? Like if they happened to see land they wouldn't be utterly helpless and have to drift right past it, they could sort of steer in that direction?
I know it sounds like I have a lot of holes in the plot but that's only because I'm not telling you everything. I have actually thought through most of the details but please do point out other potential problems when you see them because I'm sure I haven't considered everything.
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that you are all so willing to put out some ideas.