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WHAT IS A SCHOONER YACHT

Tuesday November 12th, 2013
ImageA schooner is a sailing vessel with two or more masts and with sails both fore and aft, with the mast the fore (Forward) being no taller than the mast or masts to the aft.(Rear)

Although they were unlikely to have been called schooners at the time, the Dutch used vessels with this description as early as the 16th or 17th century. Early schooners were gaffe rigged but recent ones are more likely to be Bermuda rigged.

In the early 18th century North America improved and developed the schooner, and were more prominent in the USA than anywhere else in the world.

The two masted schooners were fast and sailed well to windward making them a popular choice for those wanting a vessel for privateering, slaving and blockade running. They also made great offshore fishing vessels.

By the late nineteenth century, schooners popularity spread to both sides of the Atlantic, but over time the “Cutter” became the preferred vessel in Europe.
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