I'm new to the forum and to sailing in general, so pardon my ignorance / enthusiasm.
I found this thread and have been through it with great interest. With my limited knowledge many of the opinions posted make a lot of sense and I think the conclusion is down to personal preference and whether the rig is suitable for the hull
shape / design.
Just to add another twist to it...
A yacht sailed into my home port a few weeks again which perked my interest. I was unable to get much info about it apart from speculations from the local sailors. From what I was told it is a junk rigged ketch or junk rigged freedom with a canting keel
. The two masts are of equal height and size with the fore about a foot or two from the bow and the mizzen a little behind midship. Unfortunately I didn't get to have a good look at it myself so can't really offer much more detail.
While chatting to a few of the local chaps their opinions were freely expressed and in most cases pretty negative, however there were a few interesting points raised.
The first was that the masts are unstayed and both sails were self-tacking. Also I believe the sales are flat (battened being a junk) and near square. The advantage there being cheaper sails and better wearing.
I'm looking at this from a cruising point of view and not a racing
one. Searching on the internet
returns very little about the freedom rigs and even less regarding junk rigged ones. I understand though that ketches and therefore freedoms don't go as close to the wind
and are slower windward than a sloop / cutter
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this type of yacht?