Update on AL DEMANY CHIMAN – sail plan and leeboard

For those of you that have been following the progress of my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe, AL DEMANY CHIMAN, I thought I’d provide an update. I have gotten a sail-plan more or less in place, working with Todd Bradshaw of “Canoe Rig” fame.

Sail plan for AL DEMANY CHIMAN

I have added a boom from the original conception. It is now an Arabian lateen with a boom; please don’t call it a balanced lug. ;^) Unlike the drawing, the sail will not be laced to the boom. I hope it will be faux tanbark.

I have also begun work on building pieces of the sailing rig. I have a roughed out take on the leeboard, which I a proud to say uses a bunch of scrap wood I’d been itching to use. I expect it will still look great once sanded.

Leeboard, pre-sanding

9 Comments for “Update on AL DEMANY CHIMAN – sail plan and leeboard”


Clifford Hawkins, in “The Dhow,” draws a distinction. The settee is a quadrilateral sail with a short luff, and the yard does not extend to the tack. The lateen is triangular, and the yard does extend to the tack. (I discussed this here: http://indigenousboats.blogspot.com/2009/06/whats-dhow.html). But this may be splitting hairs, and I’ll accept “Arabian lateen” as an adequate term, as long as it’s kept distinct from the regular (non-Arabian) lateen.
BTW: “lateen” carries the same root as “Latin” — i.e., it was a term coined in Northern Europe to describe the types of sails used by the “Latin” nations of the Mediterranean, and did not refer to the sails of the Indian Ocean.


While wouldn’t you call it a balanced lug rig? It sure looks like one to me?


My point is that I don’t want it to be because it doesn’t fit the style I am after. Strictly speaking, one could call it a balanced lug, though the yard is ~1.4x the boom, which is much more of a lateen proportion. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ with it.

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