During vintage boat rallies or while strolling in the harbors, it is sure to happen that you comment, “Look how beautiful that schooner is…” but you are not always certain that you have got the rigging right. The world of sailing is fascinating because it has few rules; all you need is a shell that floats and a piece of canvas to sail. Around the world, traces of vessels with the most diverse weapons can be found, as if they were revivals of auric or tarch arms.
Some, in Polynesia and Africa for example, are still used and fully functional. But in “modern” countries, where technology grinds giant strides in the field of materials, here are experimenting with new solutions or rather solutions that revisit weapons from hundreds of years ago. I am referring, for example, to the Maltese Falcon, mega yachts with square sails, as they were in the 1800s. Of course, there are many differences: on the ships of the time it took 100 men to hoist the mainsail; today it takes only the push of a button.
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