1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Types of Sailboats and Rigs

By

4 of 10

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.

See More About
  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. Sailing
  4. Types of Sailboats
  5. catboat - cat rig

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.