Trace each of these swirling lines above and place it over the nearest rowboat. You will then see how useful the figure eight is in reproducing the sheer of the gunwale on both sides.
The "8" is not as marked on the hull of the schooner above the rowboats, but it is there nonetheless.
OLD STYLE HEADSAILS:(above left) A sprit topsail was carried on the small yard at the tip of the bowsprit. On the "King's Great Ships" another small sail was placed above that!
FORE-TOP: (above right) The lower shrouds are left out to show the construction of the top itself.