I saw a boat today that I will describe as best I can. We sailed by each other and exchanged greetings, but I did not look that close until later from quite a distance after watching the boat work.
I would guess it a little over 20 foot, lapstrake double ended lifeboat type hull
with two masts and two small sprit rigged sails
. The helm
was behind the rear mast
. I believe they were free standing masts also. Wish I had looked closer, but new lake and good wind
had my attention elsewhere.
Anyway, the guy was pretty much running straight back and forth on a beam like he was trying to adjust something to his liking, or maybe he was just enjoying the way the boat was working.
It had two small Sunfish size or smaller Sprit type sails
on two masts of what looked to be the same height and it is hard to describe how well it was working. Smooth, sure, and comfortable was the impression from watching. I would not have guessed that little sail would push that big of a boat that well. The boat just moved on like motor
launch might with no fuss, no leaning, no bounce or bad manners.
Pretty nice boat and it would be easy to close your eyes and see the front tarped carrying freight or with benches and passenger seating taking well dressed passengers out to a three masted Schooner or other big ship!
I just got done reading up on the description of the rig and how well it handles.
What are the hands on experiences of the people here with these kinds of boats? Does anyone here sail a Cat Ketch
Is the system, two easily handled and replaced sails on unstayed masts with tiller only needed for tacking worth whatever the trade
offs might be?
I seem to always pick the working boat types as the ones I really like!