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Ketch rigged Centaur 26' experiences?
I've done extensive research on Centaurs and found them to be the perfect compromise for what I want (a small, spacious, economical, versatile, circumnav, liveaboard). What I haven't found is any information on the ketch variant of which very few where made. Nobody in my community knows anything about them and I've yet to find information online.
Consistently I hear people (who don't own one) say bilge keels are as slow as molasses in winter, and consistently I hear owners report negligable performance loss compared to single keeled variants. Based on my research it would seem that a ketch rig would exacerbate the Centaur's pointing difficulties and make for an even slower cruiser all-around. Hoping to get feedback from experienced members in this regard.
I'd also be interested in hearing people's experiences with small ketches in general. Most of the info I come across has to do with the ease of handling the sails on larger vessels but I'm wondering about sub-30' performance. I like the idea of having a multitude of configurations across 3 sails to stabilize the vessel underway and on the hook but is it worthwhile on a 26'? Until I can find one to sail locally, I have to rely on collective experience on SN.
All in all I'm glad to trade slight speed and pointing performance for a solid vessel that takes to rough weather well, is nigh impossible to flip due to the twin keels, is relatively economical, very spacious despite the LOA, the option to trailer if need be, sit flat during low tide, and the reported ability to "walk" through the shallows (Supposedly you can turn the motor on and tilt the vessel left and right to walk on the keels through water less than 3').
It's not speed I'm after, it's versatility. Hope to hear from y'all soon and thanks in advance.