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post #10 of Old 02-26-2008
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I sailed on a ketch rigged Pacific Clipper for years on San Francisco Bay. Other than being low freeboard (and wet!), it was a delightful boat to sail. Sailing “jib and jigger” would enable us to sail balanced without reefing in all but the strongest summer afternoon breezes. The downside was the boat did not point very well at all. This wasn’t much of a problem most of the time as we were based out of Sausalito, but trying to tack up Raccoon Straight, especially against the tide, was a lesson in frustration. Tacking out through the Golden Gate in similar conditions wasn’t much better. For shear versatility you can’t beat a sloop, but there will always be a soft place in my heart for a two masted boat.
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