We strayed from the obvious choice of a conventional rig of mainsail and jib and chose a wishbone-rig for KISS22. The main eye-catcher compared to all other existing daysailers. This feature gives the desired ease of handling and the ability to go singlehandedly. This type of rigging seems very new and revolutionary, but it isn’t.
The Polynesians used the wishbone hundreds of years ago on their proa ’s. Many designers in the USA have used wishbone-rigs over the last decades too.
For example DIABLESSE II, designed in the thirties of the last century by Cmdr. Frederick A. Fenger. The picture shows 3 sails equipped with wishbones. The 38’ sailing yacht was sailed mostly as a singlehander. Ease of handling was the key. Bear in mind that all sails are self-tacking. Thereby all available spaces between main- and mizzenmasts are filled with working sails. As far as we know this yacht has sailed in this configuration for well over 50 years.
In the seventies Mark Ellis, yacht designer in Canada, was asked to design an easy-to-sail singlehanded boat that would be able to keep up with the owners’ IOR Two Tonner upwind under power, and downwind under sail.
This resulted in the NONSUCH 36’. Because of the simple rig later so successful that the yard HINTERHOELLER has built hundreds in various sizes. The picture clearly shows the single sail and wishbone. NONSUCH is a typical American Catboat, very wide and shallow with an extremely forward-positioned mast.
Development cannot be stopped. Thomas Wylie is the next designer/builder embracing the wishbone rigging concept. These picures show a 48′ racer. When you visit their website you will notice only 2 winches on the whole boat!
And the story goes on, Please see the development of a 164′ sailing research vessel. For simplicity, again, this time two sails with wishbones.
All these vessels were and are developed with one goal in mind: Keep the handling simple and efficient.
So too, the daysailer KISS22
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