A Uniform System of Rigs for Boats and Launches.
The subject before the Institute is one of importance to the Navy; for it does not appear that experience has produced in our service a system of boats and their sailing equipment. And, while the greater force of opinion inclines towards one rig as tile best for cutters, the Varieties of preference are not less numerous than the classes of boats and sails in use.
Safety, carrying capacity combined with fair speed, and capability of united action in fleets, are prime qualities in boats as in ships of war. In the organization of a system of boats for a man-of-war, the number and dimensions having been determined, the equipment should be designed to secure unity and precision in maneuvering under oars or sail. The classes of boats being reduced to the lowest possible number, and a uniform plan of equipment employed, the ships of the Navy will meet on even ground in that respect. I shall not enlarge upon this idea, but I consider it an important one; and I would carry the practice so far as to make the equipment of uniform size and interchangeable for the same class of boats.