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post #4 of Old 02-26-2008
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I like ketches a lot, having a friend with one, and I think they've been overlooked as a good cruising design for older couples in the last 25 years or so, but a 32 foot ketch is just a designer's indulgence or folly if you wish. The deck will be tight, having so much rigging about, and there's little advantage in sail area or management as even a five-foot tall woman can tackle a no. 1 of a boat with a 15 foot J measurement.

Ketches make sense from above 38-40 feet up, in my opinion.

On the other hand, if it's above reaching slowly back and forth around an inland waterway, why not?
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