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Old 02-05-2010, 22:27   #1
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Re-Rigging Ketch to Sloop

I have a Cal 46 ketch but have been considering changing to a sloop rig i.e. removing the mizzen. Does any one have experience with this sort of change. I've seen but not sailed on three other Cal 46's with sloop rigs but all their owners bought the boats with the current set up so could not give me a comparison. Any comments in general about this kind of change?
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Old 02-05-2010, 23:07   #2
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What was your plan? Just to remove the mizzen mast? The center of effort will move forward giving you lee helm. I doubt that it's possible to extend the boom long enough to fix the balance, and I don't think you'd like the result. The Morgan Out Island 41 came in both ketch and sloop versions, but I've been told that the mast is further aft in the sloop version. Measure your mast placement against the different Cals as a first step. You don't even want to consider moving your mast.
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Old 02-05-2010, 23:13   #3
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Well call me surprised! I never thought you would be able to get it to balance worth a damn, but someone here claims it works.

Look at the last post of this link:

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Old 02-05-2010, 23:45   #4
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I would recommend you join the Google Group CAL46 --- there has been some discussion of this subject there.
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