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Striking Sail (lowering)

  Sails are taken down or furled in the reverse order of their set. Head sails, starting with furthest forward, and then the mainsail are struck or lowered. Headsails To furl the head sails, one crew member will ease the sheet, keeping slight tension on it, as another crew member will haul in on the

Raising Sails

Sails are raised or lowered by lines called halyards. A gaff sail is raised using a halyard for the throat and a halyard for the peak, and must be raised together. Halyards are named for the sails they raise, for example the main throat halyard raises the throat of the mainsail. The staysail halyard raises


Liberty has the capability of carrying three head sails. These sails are triangular in shape and are set on wires (stays) leading forward from the mast or topmast to the bow or bowsprit. attached (set) on stay leading from the mast to the bow of the vessel is the Stays ail. Thefoot or lower edge

Traditional Sails

Sailing vessels are designed to sail through a wide range of wind speeds. To enable thevessel to be powered through this range of wind speeds, a variety of sails can be set.Liberty can carry up to five sails, which include a Mainsail, Staysail, Jib, Jib Topsail anda Main Topsail.The sails aboard Liberty are made of

Seamanship Vocabulary

There are  many terms and phrases associated with sailing a boat. Being familiar with the terms and concepts will better prepare you to participate in the sailing of Liberty.   Beam – maximum width of vessel Belaying Pin – wooden or metal pin to which sheets and halyards aresecured Below – down inside vessel Bilge

Friendship Sloop History

Friendship Sloops Betty Roberts, historian of the Friendship Sloop Society, has written this brief history of the Sloop Along the Shore a beautiful gaff-rigged sloop majestically cuts through the water taking each wave masterfully and with poise. On a nearby wharf a man turns to a friend to inquire about the impressive sloop sailing by.

Tips for an Enjoyable Whale-Watching /Nature Cruise

Have the right expectations. Wild animals don’t appear on command. Some days, you might not see a whale at all and on others, you’ll see several. Dress warmly, in layers. Any time of year, it will be colder out on the water than it is on the shore. Plan for a temperature difference of 20-30°F.


  The art of sailing incorporates the interaction of the wind, water and the vessel’s form toenable the boat to move toward its destination. The sailor must understand how to usethese forces most efficiently to propel his vessel.  Before harnessing the power of the wind, the sailor must understand the dynamics oftheir vessel’s underwater and

Points of Sail

As the vessel falls off or heads away from the wind it begins to sail at a series of anglesto the wind known as points of sail. The angles at which the vessel can sail are from 45degrees off the direction of the wind to the wind directly astern or 180 degrees. With the wind

Kids on Boats

Boating is a worthwhile, fun adventure for anyone who goes out. However, when children are involved, it unlocks a myriad of additional benefits. Of course, a cruise with friends can be rewarding and memorable. But the hidden benefits for kids and families when they boat together are long lasting. Families who are known for closeness