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I've sailed with a single lug, and I've seen other Northern European boats with a single lug, and they've all had their mast stepped well forward. As has an American cat-boat, a single-sail gaffer.
Only explanation I can think of is that these two boats do not sail much upwind at all, but perhaps depends on a steady morning and evening breeze in opposite directions? (They do not seem to have much in the way of a keel either - for smaller vessels generally a demand for going upwind)
I noticed btw, that the single non-dipping lug I sailed with, although not having much sail ahead of the mast, was notably faster upwind on the tack where the sail was in lee of the mast. Which too might be a consideration when considering the sail profile of the two vessels above; they might never sail with the sails even nearly fore and aft. Regards, Stein.
 

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Many of the traditional fishing boat of Northern Adriatic operated in small harbours and lagoons, where the sandy bottom was not deep. Therefore they have no kell, that was maked up for whit the tall helm , that was hoisted whit a big tackle (called senale) armed in the head of the mainmast when the boats entered in harbour. Surely these workboats have not ambitions of velocity, and, like You rightly thinks, depended expecially for sailing on morning ed evening breezees. For this reason the boats hawe very wide sails that, in case of strong winds that in Adriatic are Bora (NNE) and Scirocco (SE), becomed very dangerous for the stability of the boats (see Your comment for the two masted lancia).
In case of bad time, the boats run away the wind and, if the harbour was unreachable, the absence of keel allowed to run aground them in the sandy beach (but the best sailors considered it a bad proof !).
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I am sure they were the best vessels for their purpose, under the conditions particular to where they were built. I we could see them handled we would probably be impressed.
One is apt to consider one's own culture "normal," and all that deviates from it wrong in some way. But with a bit of study one generally comes to understand why things are done differently elsewhere. Regards, Stein.
 

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The good of this site is that consents to find friends to talk about the things we love !
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