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Wind Vanes and how they work on a Ketch

I am looking at cruising sailing vessels and like ketches a lot. I read recently that wind vanes are not that practical or do not work well on ketches. I would like some opinions ,feedback,experience in this area. Thank You very much Conrad
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I'm surprised someone would say that. Like any boat it needs to be balanced well for a windvane to work well. A Ketch can be one of the easiest to balance. I own a staysail ketch and it balances very well.
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I think he's talking about either the tendency of the mizzen boom to whack the vane, or the possibility of the air flow over the mizzen screwing up the vane's operation. My ketch-owning friend has mentioned why this might be the case, but I can't recall the details.
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I think it is more likely the mizzen interfering with the airflow to the vane than it is anything else. The vane can be setup so that that mizzen boom doesn't whack it...but that wouldn't solve the airflow disruption caused by the mizzen sail.
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Ketches with Vanes.
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Do a little research.
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Well Murray doesnt seem to mind working on the ketch instead of a cutter. Thanks for the information
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