I sail a cutter
rigged Bowman 57 ketch and I agree with all of the above. She is beautiful under sail, easy to handle, offers a myriad of sail combinations, and exquisitely balanced. On three Atlantic crossings, we sailed through 6 gales across the north atlantic under jib
and jigger most of the way, sailed through the Azores
high under asymmetrical spinnaker
and mizzen staysail, and sailed between the Bermuda
highs the third time under a variety of configurations that kept us comfortable and moving fast the entire way. We can furl and unfurl the yankee on demand without going forward, and we can put up a smidgen of mizzen at anchor
. When we lost
mid-ocean, we kept sailing downwind balancing the sails
with ease until we could fix the problem (24 hours). We have hove to comfortably on mizzen and staysail for 36 hours at a time in 40 plus knot
winds with no effort.
And yes, I do love a schooner, but on a schooner the sails tend to be more equal in size. And no, our main mast
is no shorter - we cannot make it down the ICW
but wouldn't want to anyway.