Sailboat Coloring Pages

Sailing boats are vessels that use the action of the wind on their sails as a means of propulsion. Depending on their dimensions, they are also referred to as dinghies, cruising sailboats, or yachts. 

Now, you can see these boats on the following sailboat coloring pages. Please prepare your colored pencils, markers, or crayons to make the drawings colorful. Happy coloring.

Free Sailboat Coloring Pages

What is Sailboat?

Sailboats vary in size and range from dinghies such as Optimists, 2.40 meters in length, to huge yachts of more than 60 meters. 

Length is often abbreviated as LOA (length overall), distinguishing that dimension from LWL (length waterline). Especially on older sailboats, these two lengths can be quite different.

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Before looking at the specific design elements on a sailboat, it is essential to know some basic concepts. Sailboats can have only one sail (the mainsail) or more than one. 

By using the power of the wind, the sail can steer in all directions and directly into the wind. The main courses that a sailboat can take depend on where the wind is coming in. 

The sailboat can take a downwind course when the wind comes directly behind the boat, a crosswind course. Then, when the boat receives the wind from the side of the boat and an upwind approach.

Also, when the boat sails very close-hauled and its course form the smallest possible angle with the wind direction, without allowing the sails to flap. 

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If you intend to sail windward (where the wind is blowing), you must sail a zig-zag course by tacking (upwind course). 

For the sailboat not to slide sideways when sailing upwind or downwind, it must have a keel or daggerboard deep enough to serve as the boat’s skeleton and reduce lateral displacement (also known as leeway).

The main tactic for sailing upwind is tacking, which is when the boat passes the bow ahead of the wind until the sails change sides, i.e., swell on the opposite side to the one they were on before. 

Leaving the boat close to the wind will cause the sails to flap and the boat to slow down to a complete stop. On the other hand, when sailing downwind or downwind (with the wind behind you), you will need to gybe if you wish to change course.

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In this case, you will change course without the need to pass the bow ahead of the wind. This will cause the current to reach the end of the boom and, therefore, the sail to change sides quickly. 

For this reason, in this maneuver, the crew is in more danger, especially if there is a lot of wind, so it is recommended to accompany the movement of the sail.