Anatomy of a

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   Sailboats are as old as man can remember.  Ancient Egyptians used them to sail the Nile, the Polynesians used them to sail from island to island.  The first long distance sailors seem to be the Vikings from Scandinavia.   Many people believe that they were the first to discover North America around 900A.D.  The boats the Vikings sailed differ great from the boats of today but one thing remains constant, sail power.

A sailboat consists of a hull, sails and masts.  Some sailboats have engines and some don't.  I'll be describing most of the parts onboard Risque, a Swan 57RS.  The pictures on the left, along with small explanations should give you a basic idea of how a sailboat is put together.

A Swan 57RS

  1. Hull
  2. Mast or Spar
  3. Boom
  4. Wheel
  5. Stays
  6. Winches
  7. Engine
  8. Generator
  9. Anchor
  10. Windlass
  11. Ropes or Lines

To Be Continued...


Topic ONE here


Topic TWO here

Topic THREE here

Topic Four here

Topic FIVE here