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Hoopers Yachts
599 Manning Ave S, Afton, MN 55001
Phone (651) 436-8795
Toll Free (800) 377-8795
1978    KINGSTON LOBSTER BOAT 20 "Sly Mongoose"  $2,500.00 
Hull & Deck : White w/red antifouling  File Number: 3053 
Stripe Color:   Located at : Hooper's Yachts  
LOA: 20' 8" LWL: ' " BEAM: 6' 8" DRAFT:
SA: ² RIG: Double-Masted Sprit Sail HULL: Monohull Ballast:
Displacement: KEEL: Full Keel w/attached rudd
First designed in 1885 by Edward A. Ransome, the Kingston Lobster Boat is has a counter stern and hollow garboard which were introduced by Ransome. Her sail plan is an un-stayed double masted sprit rig. Sprit sails were favorite sails for working boats under 40’ until the late 1800’s. With the free-standing mast and a sprit spar, the 4-sided sail required minimal hardware and was easily tended to leaving crew to do other tasks without worrying about the sail trim. It has much to recommend if cut, rigged and set properly. It does not require a very tall mast to support the large sail area which is low and compact with its center of effort (CE) well below than that of triangle sails. Hence there is less heeling. The sprit sail can be reefed fairly easily. The sprit doesn’t have to be heavy, but more substantial where it intersects with the mast. The mast itself is sturdy and has only a small taper at the top one-quarter of the spar. That makes it easy to manage and keeps weight down. The foot can be kept loose-footed with proper sheet angle or a boom or full length batten can be used at the foot.  The snotter (line) adjusts the lower/forward end of the sprit. The sprit rig is very popular on small boats because it is so easy to step and remove. With the sprit removed and the peak folded down to the mast, the sail can be rolled on the mast for storage. The spars can fit lengthwise. This is a pretty wooden hull with a wine-glass shaped transom. The hull has been sheathed in fiberglass.  
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