Just a guess here... If the boat has headsails, you have 2 sheets per
sail. One for Port, one for Starboard.
--- In bolger@y..., "brucehallman" <brucehallman@y...> wrote:
> Ref: the recent
> MAIB V19#23 Bolger on Design:
> Navel Jelly Instant Galley
> Well, once again PCB floats a boat
> design which catches my imagination,
> Try as I might, I can't count the
> "seven sheets, or nine" that he
> writes about in the latest issue
> of Messin' About in Boats.
> What am I missing here, I count
> four sails plus two. ...four or
> six sheets. How does he count
> seven or nine?
> Maybe I don't understand the proper
> definion of "sheet". I thought a
> sheet was 'a rope which controls
> the angle of a sail to the wind'.
> Usually attached to the clew, or
> to the boom of the sail. One sheet
> per sail usually, except maybe for
> junk rigs which have a sheet for
> each batten, etc...
> The main and mizzen masts have stays
> which would need to be handled when
> tacking, [I think], but those lines
> wouldn't be 'sheets' per se, and
> they don't add up to seven or nine.
> What am I missing here?