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What's a Yawl/Ketch/etc?

Here is a basic webpage which describes the various rigging of small-medium sailboats. As a 'new guy' I found it interesting and thought I'd post it.

Types of Sailboats – Sailboat Rigs

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Its easy if you are from the south. Just remember "Yawl got your mast too far back."
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Its easy if you are from the south. Just remember "Yawl got your mast too far back."
Hah! So I guess the other is ketch me if you can?
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We'll ketch yawl schooner or laser. We're in a bit of a sloop right now.
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Sorry for that last post, it was a little dinghy.
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A yawl's mizzen mast is aft of the rudder post.
A Ketch's mizzen mast is forward of the rudder post.
This is the main difference between the two. The sailing techniques are a tad different also..
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A yawl's mizzen mast is aft of the rudder post.
A Ketch's mizzen mast is forward of the rudder post.
This is the main difference between the two. The sailing techniques are a tad different also..
The Yawl's mizzen is substantially smaller as well. My Pearson has the same sail area as the sloop, without the mizzen. A Ketch has a smaller main than the equivalent sloop, but has a large mizzen to make up the difference.
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I learned something .... I knew the yawl was the one with it furthest aft. However, I thought the easiest way to tell was the relationship of the mizzen mast to the steering station... I didn't realize it was really the rudder post.
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Those are good guidelines, though some use different definitions.
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