Monday, April 20, 2009

Austronesian sail types

This chart taken from Edwin Doran Jr's book "Wangka" shows the principal sail types used in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Note that he refers to the Oceanic lateen as a crane sprit.
Click on the drawing for a larger image.


Anonymous said...

I don't know how I got here, but this blog seems interesting.

I'm no expert, but seeing them alot (and riding on them once or twice in childhood), I'm not sure about the designation of the "Philippine" boom sail (B) according to Mr Doran Jr. If you type "bangka" or "vinta" on google image search (the two most commonly used outriggers), you will also see what I mean: the sails on Philippine outriggers are always closer to types E and H, with the H being closer to Sulu vinta's, and E for Banca's :)

I have never seen one that has a sail like the boom sail B.

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I`m a Filipino. The sails used in the northern and central Philippines are D and E, while G is used in the southern Philippines.