Traditional Boats and Rigs of France, The


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by H. Warington Smyth

reprinted from Mast and Sail in Europe and Asia

From the flat sand-bound coasts of the Low Countries, where the bluff-bowed Dutch craft sail, we may now turn westwards along the French shores. Leaving the West Scheldt and the countries of the leeboard, the spritsail, and the long vane aloft, the carvel-built hulls and square-cut lugsails of Northern France are reached. They will be found to join on by degrees with the higher-peaked, shorter luff lugsails, which again will lead on eventually to their parent, the long-yarded lateen of the Mediterrranean.

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