Originally Posted by snaggletooth
That beautiful Nicholson is a ketch
. It happens to be a ketch
that flies a staysail inside the jib
. Kind of like a sloop
that flies a staysail is called a "sloop" and not a "sloop-cutter". As has been pointed out here several times by other posters just adding a staysail to a sloop
does not make it a cutter
. It's still a sloop. Adding a staysail to a ketch does not alter the fact that the name of that rig is still a "ketch".
Not sure this is very important to anyone but me. I'm just a stickler for correct terminology.
If you follow this link you will find my rig well represented under the search engine Cutter
For what its worth you picky bozos, the fore stay is Profurl 52 with two tracks. We can run up a second head
sail in the alternate track for wing & wing with a pole. The #1 genoa
, 135% stays there always. It weighs over 200 # and folds like double thick corrugated cardboard. The inner stay from the upper spreaders is permanent with a Profurl 42 also with two tracks. Its sail also stays put. I don't own a hank-on sail. No boat have ever sailed or raced had hank-on stuff. The inner staysail overlaps the mast
at about 110%. All permanent stays are 3/4 inch and there are running backs to the inner fore stay and run over dedicated winches aft in the cockpit
. There is a 190% code zero
(new this summer) for winds less than 5 (normal summer here). There happens to be yet another permanent inner (lower) stay from the lower spreaders. There is also an AS spinnaker
. You see the mizzen and mizzen staysail from the photo
. My cousin happens to have the sister ship which is a sloop. We have identical 80 foot masts placed at the same location. I have an additional 48 foot mizzen placed over the ample aft deck
. We sail as well to weather
as most boats in the fleet and run off the wind
better than most and in most conditions. I love to fly past with kite, genoa
, staysail, main, mizzen staysail and mizzen all flying at once.
Photos: Roxy & African Queen (black hull)