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Gallery: Ice Boats

Based on a Caravel design, the lateen-rigged double-masted cargo trader would ply the rich seas of the ancient world.  Often these boats were built on age-old designs, with a rugged sail plan that just plain worked with a minimum of cloth material for sails.  The fore-and-aft rig allows for good upwind performance and tacking is made simple by way of the topmast rigged spar, later to become known as the boom on western designs; a requirement for sailing the Nile River, or the Coast of East Africa in the forgotten past as well as today. This vessel may be as small as 22 feet (7 meters), but could get as large as 125 feet (40 meters)!

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