Caravel

Caravel

A caravel is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship capable of traveling across the oceans and seas of the land. They are agile and easier to navigate, with a tonnage of 50 to 160 tons and 1 to 3 masts, with lateen triangular sails allowing the capacity for sailing to windward (beating). Being smaller and having a shallow keel, the caravel could sail upriver in shallow coastal waters. With the lateen sails attached, it was highly maneuverable and could sail much nearer the wind, while with the square Atlantic-type sails attached, it was very fast. Its economy, speed, agility, and power make it esteemed as one of the best sailing vessels. The limited capacity for cargo and crew were their main drawbacks, but does not hinder its success. They are related to the Nau and often even resemble each other except for the sails, layman often confuse the two.

Caravel

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