Cape Vincent Rig

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Bat Wings
Cape Vincent Rig
Country Rig
Danish Rig
English Rig
Norton Rig
Norwegian Rig
Additional Skating Wings

Scout Books

Site Contents

By Dan Beard

The Cape Vincent Rig is on something of the same principle as the English Rig, which consists of a long spar and a sprit, the spar being in some cases twelve or fifteen feet in length; one seven feet long will make a sail large enough for a boy.  The sprit is fastened at the bottom securely to the sail, and fits on to the main spar with a crotch, fork, or jaw.  

The sail being cut in the right shape and proper proportions, and made fast to the long spar and to the end of the sprit, as soon as the latter is forced into place it will stretch the sail out flat, as in Fig. 195.  A boy with one of these rigs on his shoulder makes a very rakish-looking craft. 

The spar is carried as a soldier carries his rifle, on the shoulder.  The sprit, or small cross spar, is allowed to rest against the crew's back. 

According to one writer, who is supposed to have had experience, this rakish craft will not in the least belie its looks.  In speaking of it he says : " I should say that on good, smooth ice, with a twenty-five or thirty-mile wind, they went at the rate of eighty or one hundred miles an hour." 

This sounds like an exaggeration, but when we remember that a good ice-yacht, well handled, can make a mile a minute or more, traveling much faster than the wind itself, the statement of the enthusiastic advocate of the Cape Vincent rig does not appear so improbable. 

In speaking of the speed attained by regular ice-yachts, Mr. Norton says : " There is no apparent reason why a skate-sailor should not attain a like speed.  Other things being equal, he has certain advantages over the ice-yacht.  His steering gear is absolutely perfect, assuming, of course, that he is a thoroughly confident skater, and it is in intimate sympathy with the trim of his sail."

This nice adjustment between rudder and sails is an important point.  Again, there is no rigidity about the rig. Everything sways and gives under changing conditions of wind, and experience soon endows the skater with an instinct which teaches him to trim his sail so as to make every ounce of air-pressure tell to the best advantage."

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Bat Wings ] [ Cape Vincent Rig ] Country Rig ] Danish Rig ] English Rig ] Norton Rig ] Norwegian Rig ] Additional Skating Wings ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
How to Build Sleds ] How to Make Snowshoes ] Hudson Bay Capote ] How to Make Skate Sails ] Layering ] Survival Kits ] How to Make Moccasins ] Snow Ballista, Catapult ] Equipment List ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: October 15, 2016.