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Learn Types of Sailboats (Sloop)

Learn Types of Sailboats

One of the key differences among sailboats is the number (and placement) of masts, and the types of sails they use. There are: ‘Catboats’, which feature a single sail on a single mast placed at the very front of the boat; ‘Sloops’, with one mast in the middle of the boat and two sails—one behind the mast (mainsail) and one in front of the mast (headsail); ‘Cutters’, which are similar to sloops, but feature at least two (often three) headsails; ‘Ketches’, which have two masts, with the shorter mast positioned in the rear of the boat (aft-mast); and ‘Schooners’, which have at least two (often three) masts, with the shorter mast positioned at the front of the boat (fore-mast).

Learn Sailing Terminology (Cockpit, Keel, Rudder)

Learn Sailing Terminology

Common terms to start with are: 'Bow' for the front of the boat; 'Stern' for the back of the boat; 'Port' for the left side of the boat; 'Starboard' for the right side of the boat; 'Boom' for the horizontal pole attached to the mast; 'Cockpit' for the boat-and-sail control area; 'Keel' for the central lengthwise structure with the weighted fin attached to it; 'Beam' for the width of the boat at its widest point; 'Helm' for the steering wheel; 'Rudder' for the pivoted fin used to steer the boat; 'Deck' for the walkable area; 'Pulpit' for the railing at the bow and stern of the boat; 'Lifeline' for the protective wire running around the edge of the boat; 'Coachroof' for the part of the cabin raised above the deck; and, of course, 'Lines' for all ropes on the sailboat.

Learn Lines (Ropes) in Sailing

Learn Lines (Ropes) in Sailing

A 'halyard' is a line used to raise and lower the sail. A 'sheet' is a line that controls the trim of the sail, meaning tensioning the sail closer to the boat or releasing it further. The 'main sheet' specifically adjusts the mainsail, which is located behind the mast. The two 'jib sheets', one on each side of the boat, are used to adjust the headsail in front of the mast, which is called the 'jib'. The 'topping lift' is the line used to secure the boom from falling when the mainsail is not in use, so it is important to tighten the ‘topping lift’ before releasing the ‘main halyard’ to prevent injuries. If the boat has ‘roller-furling’ sails, meaning that the sail can be folded into a roll, you'll also find the 'furling' lines to furl in (fold up) the sail.

Learn the Points of Sail

Learn the Points of Sail

The 'points of sail' refer to the boat's position relative to the wind flow. When facing directly into the wind, a position called 'In irons', the sails will flutter and the boat will not move forward. 'Close reach’ is the point when the boat is sailing closely against the wind (upwind), with the sails pulled in tight. 'Beam reach' refers to sailing perpendicular to the wind, with the sails about halfway out. 'Broad reach' is when the wind is coming from behind at an angle, with the sails about two-thirds out. Finally, 'Running' is sailing close to the same direction as the wind flow (downwind), with the sails all the way out. The 'Dead run,' with the wind coming directly from behind the boat, is not the safest for beginners, as the mainsail can unexpectedly change sides, causing a potential accident.

Learn Safety in Sailing (Ropes)

Learn Safety in Sailing

Wear a life jacket at all times when sailing; it is as important as wearing a seatbelt in a car. Always hold onto something whenever you stand or move. When working with lines (ropes), remove rings or necklaces (as well as long hair or scarves), never wrap the ropes around your hands, and do not stand on them to avoid your feet getting tangled. When maneuvering, avoid standing in the area of a sails movement, as they can suddenly change sides, potentially throwing an untrained person overboard. Familiarize yourself with man-overboard procedures and the use of safety gear, including signal flares, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits, and get to know the basic rules of the road.

Learn the Rules of the Road (Lights)

Learn the Rules of the Road

Sailboats generally have the right of way over powerboats. Since sea traffic typically follows the right-hand rule, vessels should pass each other with another boat on their port (left) side whenever possible. When overtaking, maintain a safe distance of at least three widths of a larger vessel to avoid collisions. Boats must always yield to large vessels, such as commercial ships, that are restricted in their ability to maneuver. Maintain a safe speed and proper lookout at all times. Additionally, familiarize yourself with navigation buoys, which indicate safe water and potential hazards, as well as navigation lights, which indicate the position and direction of another vessel in poor visibility conditions.

Learn to Sail with Yapp Sailing Course

Learn to Sail with Yapp Sailing Course

​​Whether you're a novice or looking to enhance your skills, our free mobile app with interactive lessons has you covered. Dive into engaging modules covering yacht structure, nautical terminology, safety regulations, basic ropework, rules of the road, points of sail, and more! Access the extensive nautical glossary, explore the knot-tying handbook, engage with the AI chat, and learn to sail with ease. With our bite-sized lessons, you'll progress at your own pace and gain the confidence needed to become a sailor. Learn to sail with Yapp Sailing Course, download the app now and set sail on your sailing adventure!