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By Dan Beard

The Danish Rig consists of a mainmast and topmast.  The latter can be letdown when required.  The diagram (Fig. 193) is made of dimensions suitable for- a good-sized boy.  The straps near the bottom of the topmast are for the purpose of binding the sail to the back of the crew, like a knapsack. The hand-sticks are only attached to the lower corners of the sails, the other ends are held by the crew, crossed and used as sheet-lines are in an ordinary sail-boat. 

The spars may all be made of spruce, pine, cedar, bamboo, or Southern cane, and the sail of heavy cotton sheeting or strong cotton duck, of double thickness at the clews.  In experimenting with this rig, it is best to choose a day when there is only a moderate wind, for the sail being bound to your body cannot be cast aside by simply letting go.  The mainsail and topsail are all of one piece of cloth.  The topmast is fastened to the middle of the shoulder yard by a leather strap passing around the yard.  The topmast is held in place by the wind blowing it against the head of the crew.  By running a little into the wind the topsail will fall back and leave only the mainsail up, or if you loosen the cross knot at the upper part of the topmast you can roll the topsail down to the reefing points and lash it there. 

The steering is done with the feet of the crew.  To learn to sail this or any other craft practice is needed.  You might as well try to learn to swim from reading a book as to expect to become an expert sailor without going to sea.






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