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Re: Changing the rig sloop or ketch?
If you sail sans mizzen 90% of the time anyhow, and you're not using the mizzen as a radar mount or anything else, then I'd agree with trying the boat by unstepping the mizzen for a while, assuming it's not part of the main mast staying system, which it likely isn't.
If you find the helm balance an issue (ie tending to lee helm), or find yourself 'underpowered' you might consider lengthening the boom and adding some area with a longer-footed main eventually. The boat may 'look' a little odd at first without the mizzen, with the mainmast in a 'ketch-forward' position, but I expect you'll get used to that.
Nothing to lose but a few hours work to drop the mizzen (will you need a crane? I'd think not) and give it a try.
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