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What is a Schooner Sailboat?
A schooner sailboat is a sailing vessel with at least two masts, with the foremast shorter than the main mast (or sometimes the same height). The schooner rig can carry more than two sails fore and aft of both masts; historically, they were gaff rigged but some of the more modern builds have triangular sails. Today, there are classic schooners in the superyacht fleet – like 42-meter S/Y Mariette of 1915 – and if you study their lines, it’s easy to see the attraction. Other schooners built more recently, like 49.2-meter S/Y Eleonora and the 60-meter S/Y Germania Nova, are replicas of classic schooners originally built in the early 1900s. More recently, Lürssen’s 93-meter Eos was launched in 2006 and is a beautiful example of a modern schooner. Watching them sail is a reminder of the past when the schooner was a common sight.
What are Schooner Sailboat Made of (Construction Material/Hull Design)?
A schooner sailboat can be constructed from a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, or composites. Like most monohull sailing yachts, a schooner sailboat will typically have a displacement hull, which provides for more stability under sail. Many classic schooners have a full keel, too, although different configurations are possible in newer builds.
Why Should You Buy a Schooner Sailboat?
You should buy a schooner sailboat if you’re passionate about classics and sailing. Schooners had an important part in sailing history, so if you’re interested in preserving their beautiful history, you could find a home on the deck of a schooner. A schooner does have more sails to handle than on a simpler rig, but the sails are roughly equal in size, and sail handling is not as complicated as it may appear. But if you’re a dedicated sailor, then this might be just right for you – the sight of a schooner under full sail is impressively elegant.