Fractional rig

What does "Fractional rig" mean?

Today it means: Rigging that does not go to the top of the mast.

A sailing vessels standing rigging will include a forestay and a backstay . If the forestay does not go to the top of the mast then it is known as a fractional rig and will carry smaller sails. The alternative is a "masthead rig" where both backstay and forestay go to the top of the mast.

See also: Masthead rig  and: Forestay  and: Backstay

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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