Did you know that the true origins for the design of the Tortola Sloop are a mystery?
According to Professor Edwin Doran’s research, this type of vessel has five distinctive features.
⚓ First, is the absence of a bowsprit.
⚓ Secondly, is the shape of the mainsail.
It was called “Leg of Mutton” which meant that the distance between the height and the length is the same.
This made for a very long boom, which extended way past the stern of the boat.
⚓ Thirdly, the boat had a very long bow.
Although the mast was set a third of the way along the keel, it gave the impression that it was in the center of the boat.
⚓ Fourthly, the stern went straight down to the keel with no counter as was found in most sloop designs.
⚓ Finally and probably, the most distinctive feature was called ‘Moon Shear’.
The hull, when viewed from bow to stern, had a fatness in the middle which resembled the shape of a full moon.
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