Did you know that the true origins for the design of the Tortola Sloop are a mystery?
According to Professor Edwin Doran’s research, there are 5 distinctive features of a Tortola Sloop. ~ 1957
⚓ First is the absence of a bowsprit.
⚓ Second is the shape of the mainsail. It was called “Leg of Mutton” which meant that the distance of the height and the length are the same. This made for a very long boom, which extended way past the stern of the boat.
⚓Third, the boat had a very long bow and although the mast was stepped a third of the way along the keel, it gave the impression that it was in the center of the boat.
⚓Fourth 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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