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Old 05-12-2012
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Re: Why a ketch?

sailed all three and i find mine with full keel and sail plan make her MUCH easier to steer--MUCH less weather helm and DOES track better than any sloop or cutter i have sailed in 50+ yrs. i sailed only sloops until i found a ketch in sd i liked and sailed her for 10 months. i like this garden design even better than that devries lynch ketch i sailed many yrs ago. there is no comparison. ketch is IT.
i learned to sail on a 36 ft gaff rigged full keel sloop that was built in 1903 and sailed her from age 7. sailed many different kinds of sloops since then. i found the ketch rig more conducive to heavy weather sailing and comfort than any other sail plan i have sailed. i have yet to sail a schooner.
as for tracking--i can set my jib and mizzen and not need hands on wheel even sans autopilot for many minutes--she doesnt wander at all. with any of the sloops or cutters i have sailed, that was not so.
there is nothing like a garden ketch with a bone in her teeth.
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