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post #2 of Old 12-22-2006
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A lot of people prefer ketches as a rig for single handing, as the maximum sail size is a bit smaller, and it is often easier to balance the sail plan, once you know what you're doing. Sloops used to be very difficult to singlehand, when compared to yawls and ketches, as the size of the sails was larger. This all changed with the advent of roller furling, better winches, self-tailing winches, modern synthetic lines and sail materials... etc.

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