Beyond The Pale
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Re: Insane question about sails
The problem with this type of Story is that it's already been done many times, from the Real, (Bligh), to the Far-Fetched, (Tom Hanks and his BFF Volleyball.) I can only assume that the story needs not much in the way of Nautical detail, there are more important things afoot... um... afloat.
An obvious starting point is the canvas Boat Cover, and some Oars. Three Oars make a Tripod, and the fourth is the Yard. Life Jackets having served their purpose, the webbing can be used to lash it all together. Another Oar or two will make a serviceable rudder. (Note that Bligh used both Sail and Oars for Propulsion, as needed. Also, he had a Compass, rare on small boats of these sort, and he knew how to use it.)
This Boat just may have a small Anchor, and some Anchor Line. Use the Line to keep the Sail in order, and use the Anchor to keep the Crew in order.
That's just about it. Propulsion, Steering,and an Anchor Of Doom.
Now the Story can get on with Bravery, Inventiveness, and a little bit of Cannibalism, when called for.