What is a Schooner?
The schooner is a classic sailboat, by definition having at least two masts with the main master being longer than the foremast. Although most have only two masts, they can have three or more, depending on the setup. This boat offers a split-rig design that was popular for its speed and versatility when it first debuted in the early 18th century. These boats were preferred by privateers, pirates, and slave ship captains, historically. Today, they have largely been replaced by sloops and other more manageable rigs.
How are Schooners built?
Like other sailboats, schooners are typically built out of wood in a handcrafted process that takes many hours and years of skill. The wood planks are glued and pressed together to create the hull shape, and then the vessel is waterproofed, primed, and painted before being put in the water. These vessels are then outfitted with masts and rigs to create the sail setup that designates them from other types of sailing vessels.
What Types of Engines Power Schooners?
Schooners are powered by the sails and a rudder, as are most sailboats. The specific rig setup of a schooner calls for two masts, with rigging options available for multiple sails, depending on the amount of wind power needed. Some setups will only rely on 2 or 3, while others may have as many as six or seven sails between the two masts.
What Optional Equipment is Available for Schooners?
Upgraded sails, rigging gear, and performance sailing equipment are available for all kinds of sailboats, including older schooners for those who enjoy this classic design. Boaters can also purchase cabin accessories, seating, coolers, navigation and weather tracking systems, and other premium accessories and optional equipment to increase the functionality of an otherwise simple sailboat design. Premium marine stereos, radar systems, and fish finders are also available for schooners and other sailing vessels.