Terms and expressions aboard

Marconi rigAt the turn of the last century, boats were usually sailed with fork rigs and gunter rigs. In 1912, Ch Nicholson's R15 Istria was built and instead equipped with a mast as a single long spire, thus saving considerable weight. The rig became a model for today's regular Bermuda rig. The rig required extensive bracing, which made it similar to the radio masts of the time developed by G. Marconi. Consequently, the early Bermuda rigs came to be known as Maconi rigs. In Sweden, the term metspömast was also used on the marconi rig. Today, marconi rigs are used exclusively on the curved masts of skerry cruisers. Trumph is the largest archipelago cruiser that still sail with its marconi rig.