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Answered 2010-02-05 21:53:39

By a method called tacking. The vessal moves in a zig zag like pattern to make head way. A sailing boat can not sail into the wind in a straight line.

In a zig-zag pattern shifting from port to starboard.

I have the older version, actually. Mine is from around the time Christopher Colombus sailed to the Indies.

They used a triangular sail and a square sail that could sail into the wind. The square sail sailed with the wind and the triangular one sailed against it. These ships are called Caravels.

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is called a stern rudder i looked every word up on my paper and found it


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The wind hits the ships sail to push the ship forward. if not theres usually people on bottom deck with oars through the port holes and they row the ship


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The extended keel or centerboard, the rudder, and the fore-and-aft rigging of sails all help a boat sail closer to the wind.


How are ships with sails powered?

no the wind blows the sail/s and makes the ship/boat move :)


Why were caravels able to sail against wind while other ships could not?

because of your mom


What best explains how triangular sails improved sailing?

ships could sail against the wind.


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The wind blowing the sails is what made the caravels (ships) sail. It balances with the pressure of the wind blowing onto the sail to push the ship across the ocean. Kinda like when you drag your dog if he/she doesn't want to walk. You dragging the dog is like you're the wind, the dog's the ship, and the leash to drag the dog with is the sail. You get it? :D?


Did caravel ships have a steering wheel or were they only using to sails to turn and if they did was it on the poopdeck or was it inside in a room somewhere?

No the Caravel had a lateen and a square sail and was steered by rudders. The lateen sail aloud it to sail against the wind


What does mercatoria in Latin mean?

merchant sunrise, literally or merchant wind, so merchants connected with sail, ie ships


What is one wind system you can use to travel around Earth?

Prevailing winds can be used to help navigate ships and sailboats around the Earth by sea.You can sail a ship around this world even against the wind using wind energy. By picking up speed using wind then use kinetic energy gained to sail against the wind direction. So, yes, even with one wind direction we can sail the globe both ways.


Why were caravels able to against the wind while other ships could not?

the reason why caravels could sail against the wind is because they had a very big triangular cloth which would let them flow with the wind


Is it better to sail with squared sails when the wind is opposite you?

You cannot sail with the wind opposite you. If the wind is following you, that is, directly astern, then you sail 'gull winged'.


Who was the author who wrote Ships sail East and ships sail West?

Type your answer here... Edgar A. Guest


What ships did Christopher Columbus sail on?

Christopher Columbus set sail with a fleet of three ships. These ships were the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.


What has the author Diane Beeston written?

Diane Beeston has written: 'Of wind, fog and sail' -- subject- s -: Photography of sailing ships