Question about gaff-spar sizes

Brewbrarian

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I am building a two-masted schooner, Black Prince (1775) and I noticed that the rigging plans show that the foremast (schooner mast) gaff-spar is actually larger than the main gaff-spar. This is my first build, but I have been trying to do a bit of historical research to supplement the kit and I have been reading Marquardt's, The Global Schooner. The section in that book on masting says that the gaff on the schooner mast was slightly shorter than the main gaff.
Does anyone know if the plans in the kit are just wrong, or was there a particular tradition that reversed the sizes of these spars? It's easy enough to switch these, but I am curious about the possible variations on this, and on its historical accuracy.
 

Brewbrarian

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I am building a two-masted schooner, Black Prince (1775) and I noticed that the rigging plans show that the foremast (schooner mast) gaff-spar is actually larger than the main gaff-spar. This is my first build, but I have been trying to do a bit of historical research to supplement the kit and I have been reading Marquardt's, The Global Schooner. The section in that book on masting says that the gaff on the schooner mast was slightly shorter than the main gaff.
Does anyone know if the plans in the kit are just wrong, or was there a particular tradition that reversed the sizes of these spars? It's easy enough to switch these, but I am curious about the possible variations on this, and on its historical accuracy.
Bumping this up the thread hoping for a response. Any information would be appreciated.
 
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