The Snake

[J.H. Rushton]

Those who have seen the Snake at the last two meets, or who have read her history in the Forest and Stream of Jan. 22 will study with interest the lines here given of the well known craft. Her dimensions are, length 14ft 6in., bean 30½in., depth amidships 10½in., at bow 18in., stern 16½in. She has always carried an Atwood board, and for some time past has been fitted with a drop rudder. Her sail plan will appear next week.

Sail Plan of the Snake

After being used from the days of Macgregor on canoes of all models, the jib practically disappeared from use about 1879. The newer rigs of lugs and lateen were all used without it, and when, in 1883, the Snake first sailed under a yawl rig, and made a high record with it, some surprise was created among canoeists at the apparently retrograde movement. In order to carry any area of sail on the Snake it was necessary to use a jib, as her mast tube was so far aft. With this rig Snake has raced successfully for two seasons.

The mainsail, of 50ft., is a Mohican settee, rigged as described in Forest and Stream of Nov. 13, 1884. The dandy is a lateen of 12ft. and the jib contains 13ft., naking 80ft. in all. Mr. Gibson has decided to abandon the jib this season, as it is useless before the wind, and will use a Mohican settee of 60ft., mast 19in. from the bow, and a lateen dandy of 15ft., both being fitted with bonnets to lace on for light winds. As he has sailed the Snake for so long as to know her perfectly, Mr. Gibson will be able this season to compare closely her performances with and without a jib, and to add some valuable facts to our knowledge of sails and rigs.