For anyone knowledgable about sailing:
Would it be possible/plausible for someone to sail this ship* single-handedly? I would think it would take more than one person to sail something that size, but my only sailing experience is a teeny-tiny boat at summer camp, so I don't know. I'd think you'd need at least one person to deal with any adjustments to the sails while another handled the steering...
Anyway, the ship is Captain Hook's from the show Once Upon a Time. At some points during the show, the ship's manned by a crew of pirates. But at other times, Hook's on his own and still using his ship as transportation, so in-show he can obviously sail it without help (and literally single-handed ). Now I'm curious whether that's plausible or if I ought to chalk it up to magic. (Of course if it is plausible, then it raises the question of what the crew did when they were sailing around between acts of piracy?)
Magic, or some hidden, motor-driven winches taking care of most of the lines. You'd probably be able to sail that one with four people, or possibly three, but any kind of maneuver (i.e. tacking) would have everyone as busy as a one-armed paper hanger.
For those of you who care, the positions would be:
Helmsman, doing the obvious
Mizzen braces: Responsible for turning the square sale on the reward (aft) mast. This really should be two people, one on the port side and one on starboard but one person can do it if they run.
Main braces: Same job on the main mast.
Fore stays'l: You can't really see it in the picture but it's a triangular sail between the main mast and the bow. There may be more than one sail there, it's hard to tell from the picture.
1. Helmsman turns the helm away from the wind ("helm's alee")
2. As the boat's bow comes across the wind, the person on the fore stays'l moves the sail from one side to the other ("passing the heads'ls"); in a heavy wind this can be very dangerous as the tack of the stays'l will flap and it usually has an iron fitting on it. Called, frequently a "widowmaker."
3. Once the heads'ls have been passed and the bow continues across, the the people manning the braces let loose the weather side and haul away on the lee side. If there's only one person on each mast, they have to let loose the one side, run across and start hauling; once it's hauled over, secure that side and then run back and secure the other one.
4. The helmsman brings the helm back amidships.
To do this with three people would mean that the helmsman would have to handle the mizzen braces which is possible but difficult.
Failing to do this within a limited amount of time, you could end up "in irons," with the ship's bow pointed into the wind and no way to do anything except get out the small boat and push the nose around.