I'm not familiar with Formosa 41, however, I do own and sail both a sloop
and a ketch
. I sail them both singlehanded and shorthanded.
Both ketch and sloop can be a pain to sail singlehanded if the vessel is not equipped for that. The bigger the boat the more important that is. It is not that much wind
that with a forty feet boat the forces on sails
exceed the power of a single
man/woman. The boat needs to be rigged to sail singlehanded, you cannot solve problems by muscle power anymore.
For a singlehanded sailor, ketch has a certain advantage - it can steer itself with sails
alone when well balanced. The mizzen in general provides a lot of stability. For example, you can reef your main while keeping on sailing your original course with genoa/jib and mizzen. Should you be reefing a bit too late, that can be really handy. When equipped with wind
pilot or autopilot
, ketch is also easier to balance initially, putting less load to your autopilot
Should the ketch be cutter
rigged, the situation is even better. Just roll out/hoist your jib
on the cutter
stay, roll in genoa
, keep the mizzen up, and drop the main, and in a couple of minutes you have reduced ¾ of your canvas
while still maintaining a balanced sail plan.
What is said in the above excludes other properties of a boat, such as hull
form and keel
type, which have a lot to do with the ease of balancing the boat - regardless if it is sloop or ketch.