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Cat Rig
Cat Rig Sailboat

Photo © Tom Lochhaas

While a sloop always has two sails, a cat-rigged boat generally has only one. Note that the mast is positioned very far forward, almost at the bow, making room for a very long-footed mainsail.

The mainsail of a cat rig may have a traditional boom or, as in this boat, a loose-footed mainsail attached at the aft corner to what is called a wishbone boom.

A primary advantage of a cat rig is the ease of sail handling, such as not having to deal with jibsheets when tacking. Generally a cat rig is not considered as powerful as a Bermuda rig, however, and is more rarely used in modern boats.

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