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Sailboat Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

Trivia questions with answers about sailboats

What is a sailboat?
A: A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails and is smaller than a sailing ship.

Distinctions in what constitutes a sailing boat and ship vary by what?
A: Region and maritime culture.

Although sailboat terminology has varied across history, many terms have specific meanings in the context of what?
A: Modern yachting.

A great number of sailboat-types may be distinguished by what?
A: Size, hull configuration, keel type, purpose, number and configuration of masts, and sail plan.

The cutter is similar to a sloop with a single mast and mainsail, but generally carries the mast further aft to allow for what?
A: A jib and staysail to be attached to the head stay and inner forestay, respectively.


Once a common racing configuration, today it gives versatility to what?
A: Cruising boats, especially in allowing a small staysail to be flown from the inner stay in high winds.

A catboat has a single mast mounted far forward and does not carry a what?
A: A jib.

Most modern designs have only one sail, the mainsail; however, the traditional catboat could carry what?
A: Multiple sails from the gaff rig.

A dinghy is a type of small open sailboat commonly used for what?
A: Recreation, sail training, and tending a larger vessel.

They are popular in youth sailing programs for their what?
A: Short LOA, simple operation and minimal maintenance.


They have what three (or fewer) sails?
A: The mainsail, jib, and spinnaker.

Ketches are similar to a sloop, but there is a what?
A: A second shorter mast astern of the mainmast, but forward of the rudder post.

The second mast is called what?
A: The mizzen mast and the sail is called the mizzen sail.

A ketch can also be what?
A: Cutter-rigged with two head sails.

A schooner has a mainmast taller than its what?
A: Foremast, distinguishing it from a ketch or a yawl.


A schooner can have more than two masts, with the foremast always what?
A: Lower than the foremost main.

Traditional topsail schooners have what?
A: Topmasts allowing triangular topsails sails to be flown above their gaff sails; many modern schooners are Bermuda rigged.

The most common modern sailboat is what?
A: A sloop, which features one mast and two sails, typically a Bermuda rigged main, and a headsail.

This simple configuration is very efficient for what?
A: Sailing into the wind.

A fractional rigged sloop has its forestay attached at a point below the top of the mast, allowing the mainsail to be what?
A: Flattened to improve performance by raking the upper part of the mast aft by tensioning the backstay.


A smaller headsail is easier for what?
A: A short-handed crew to manage.

A yawl is similar to a ketch, with a shorter mizzen mast carried astern the rudderpost more for what?
A: For balancing the helm.

Traditional sailboats are monohulls, but what are gaining popularity?
A: Multi-hull catamarans and trimarans.

Monohull boats generally rely on what for stability?
A: Ballast.

This stabilizing ballast can, in boats designed for racing, be as much as 50% of what?
A: The weight of the boat but is generally around 30%.



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