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Common Sails

Traditional northern Europe windmill sails, where cloth, sacking or canvas is spread on a lattice framework, each sail being set separately to suit the wind conditions, Is the earliest type of sail now in use in England. Various terms are used to indicate the varying amount of cloth spread on a common sail. See also JIB SAILS

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Alternative terms

Term Language Region
Cloth Sails English
Commons English
Plain Sails English
Sail Cloth Settings English
Second Reef English