Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
Let's just define the negative (there's only one) of a ketch rig for cruisers: you can't have a fixed bimini over the cockpit as it interferes with the mizzen boom/vang/sheet.
That is not necessarily the case. Our mizzen sheet is attached to deck
just about 3 inched forward of the aft. The more or less permanent steel
arch holding the bimini is just lightly more forward. For running, I have to detach the sheet and lead it forward of the arch, otherwise the sheet would pull the arch which again is no problem on lighter winds. Sure enough, the bimini itself is removable and not fixed.
No offence Nick, but owning and frequently sailing both a ketch and a sloop, I seriously doubt if there any negative issues with ketches. As you say, they just rule
I trust the following secret will never leave this forum and this fine thread and shall never be released to any sloop-only sailors: there is downside and it’s related to racing
. Extra mast causes extra drag. A mast further upwind also causes some turbulence. That makes the same sail area relatively less efficient on a ketch than on a sloop. However, ketch rig is still performing relatively better than yawl and schooner rigs. Most systems give you no credit on extra masts, but just count the total area of your sail plan. With the same area of canvas
, sloop will be faster.