Yachting Monthly|Summer 2020
Hopefully, if your boat has an engine then you won’t hear this sound as much when starting up the ‘iron topsail’. Even though there are plenty of things that rattle around making noise on a yacht, an engine drowns some of them out.
It’s quite easy to understand why some ancient square-rigged sailors could go mad in the Doldrums or when crossing the Horse Latitudes further north; no wonder old sailors had a crossing ceremony for young bloods who hadn’t crossed the line before. On a big sailing ship this noise wouldn’t have been a quiet clack, clack, clack; it would have been 10 times louder.
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