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Changing the rig sloop or ketch?

I have an 32' Allied Seawind ketch and am thinking of changing her to a sloop
I sail 90% of the time without the mizzen and it interferes with my wind vane
and takes up room in the cockpit. Any ideas how it will effect performance?
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Re: Changing the rig sloop or ketch?

Hull design or main mast placement notwithstanding....
How about pulling the mizzen and seeing what it does? How dos it do san sails on the mizzen?
Looks like they made a Seawind II in sloop also; but SailBoatData has no dwg or pix to compare the two hulls or rigs. Given that the dimensions are equal; I'd say it merely a matter of mast type and placement. with necessary standing rigging.

But that's just a S.W.A.G.

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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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