Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Waikiki, Western Australia
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I have a 39' ketch, as it happens she's about 10 boats along the jetty from the one Ilenart's just sold. I've owned her for over 10 years now and if I were buying a new boat, I suspect the rig wouldn't be a major determining factor in my choice.
Like others, I like the way I can "reef" by simply dropping (or not hoisting) the main and sailing under headsail and mizzen alone. Our boat doesn't point any better with the main than she does without. I'm not convinced that the ketch rig is the cause of poor pointing with my boat - she's quite beamy with the main side-stays attached at the gunwhale and the headsail sheeted outside, hence a big angle of attack.
A couple of things to watch out for:
1. A ketch rig often means a centre cockpit which often also means less headroom under the boom, both when sailing and when at anchor. This may or may not be an issue for you.
2. On my boat, the mizzen boom overhangs the transom which creates complicates lots of things you may want to do with that space - wind vanes, davits, solar panels, wind generators etc.