Gorgeous lateen rigged boats from Mozambique Posted by Tim Shaw On November 20, 2008 April 1, 2012 Filed under Small Sail Craft 3 Comments To Mozambique we go – ain’t these beauties? Thanks to Africa Geographic Travel for the image from its Mozambique travel program. Share this:ShareEmailFacebookTwitterGooglePinterest 3 Comments for “Gorgeous lateen rigged boats from Mozambique” Thomas Armstrong says: Tim, simply stunning, thanks Reply Jase Roberts says: Very cool. How efficient is that kind of sail design? Also seems like having so much of the sail area so high up would put a lot of stress on the masts and attachment points, and I’m sure they’re not exactly built of carbon fiber. Reply Tim Shaw says: @Jase – the lateen is a great rig. More often than not, you see the sails tipped upright, where they perform well (they are tall, but since they are supported by the thinner yard, not the mast, there is less to disturb the wind at the leading edge). It is an advantage that they can be tipped like this going downwind, is this is better on that point of sail. The mast is actually short and solid, so it is fine. Larger craft like this let a weaker yard and poorly-sewn sails be deliberate failure points if a sudden breeze came on. The mast was preserved for a jury rig and the sails more easily mended. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.