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post #3 of Old 11-18-2005
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single handing yawls

Scott, one of the nice things that is happening in today''s sailboat designs is the use of a fractional rig. With minimal headsail overlap and a larger mainsail that is very easily controlled, you can have a simple set up with a smaller number of sails needing fewer "gear shifts". They are easier to tack, and sail very nicely bareheaded with reefed main. While a stout off-shore boat like a Valiant 42 (one of my all time favorites) makes use of the cutter rig, you said you were more interested in coastal cruising, where a Beneteau 40.7 would work very nicely. If you are hooked on the yawl, steer clear of hatchet job yawls like a Bristol 40. It''s mizzen was added as an afterthought, more of a fashion statement than a proper design. If you are looking used, you will find that most yawls or ketches will have limited space and performance. A modern C&C 115 will have more room and be easier to sail than something like a Hinckley B-40 for about the same price, and you will have a new boat, not something that will require a great deal of upkeep. Just my $0.02 worth.
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