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A good question and I think you DO mean the tacks and not the sheets. I have seen modern schooners do it with a single tack and I have seen them do it with two. The later have to tack up each time they go about and it adds a lot to the workload, but the alternative is resignation to poor sail shape half the time. My GUESS is that a big privateer with a large crew would not mind the extra labor and would want max sail performance and would use two tacks. But this is only my guess.

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