SailNet Community - View Single Post - Sloop, Cutter or Ketch
View Single Post
  #12  
Old 07-17-2007
jsfreeman3 jsfreeman3 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jsfreeman3 is on a distinguished road
I own an 1971 Ranger 26 - and love her - but I've sailed 1000s of miles in a ketch - a Pearson 42. It does have more lines than a sloop, and the mizzen is something of a pain to flake and cover - but I like the rig.

It is much better balanced in heavy weather than a sloop. We'd usually sail with only mizzen and genoa - the genoa reefed (furling rig) when needed. We'd only raise the main in light winds.

Even in heavy winds, it was a well-balanced rig, mizzen and genioa - without the excessive healing one often gets in a sloop.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook