Her plans were published in a the June, 1928, Yachting , and the commentary with them mentioned that her short ends were because of the rule to which she had been built. The lines are duplicated herewith (p. 112) for those who would like to study what was termed a rule beater in 1928 and proved a winner in 1962. Incidentally, the Cruising Club rule change put in effect this year only altered Niña’s rating by one-tenth of a foot.
Whether or not she was a rule beater in 1928, Starling Burgess, who designed her, produced the ultimate in the then-popular schooner rig, a much closer-winded boat than the traditional fisherman types of the day. Her original rig was even said to not to be a schooner at all, but a “two-masted cutter,” since there was a straight line down her stays from the mainmast truck to her bowsprit. The foremast could have been removed without changing the line of the stays. Since then, Fales has heightened her foremast and shortened her bowsprit, but she still has an immense “fore triangle” ahead of her mainmast, and she makes full use of it both on the wind and off it. She has an assortment of jibs, staysails, genoas and fisherman staysails in her complement of 23 sails that allows for many different combinations. Most effective for reaching are the big fisherman, called golliwobblers, carried between the mainmast and foremast. The two biggest are known as the Monster and the Grand Monster. The latter is so big that its clew trims all the way to the end of the main boom and could actually be pulled through the sheave there if trimmed too tight.