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In general, a ketch will have a larger mizzen than a yawl, and consequently a smaller main than a yawl. This results in the ketch using its mizzen to actually help power the boat forward, while a yawl's mizzen is used more to help balance the effort of the sails rather than provide much propulsive force. Therefore, a yawl can often be sailed very similarly to a sloop in that almost all the propulsion is coming from the main and the headsails, with the mizzen mainly being used to tweek the trim of the boat and help balance the effort of the sails against the effort of the keel and rudder to minimize weather helm. A ketch can be a bit trickier to sail. Since the main and mizzen carry more similarly-sized sails getting the both main and mizzen to draw properly is more important for moving the boat.
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