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Having sailed on quite a few ketches, the mizzen boom generally does overhand the transom but there is often a boomkin (aft facing bowsprit) to balance on while reefing or flaking the sail.
The fact that it is hard to properly stay a mizzen mast, and it is hard to flake or handle or get a proper sheet lead angles on a mizzen sail, is one of the reasons that the Ketch rig is largely a anachronistic sail plan, which retains almost no real advantages in a world where better hardware, materials and methods allow more efficient and easily handled rigs.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay