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Old 14-01-2014, 00:01   #61
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Re: To Ketch or Not

Deerfoots can not be confused with many other ketches out there. Take note of the size of the rigs on those boats and the amount of sail they can set compared to dinky sticks and little sails so often seen on ketches and yawls..two different worlds!

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Old 14-01-2014, 09:26   #62
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Re: To Ketch or Not

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Thanks Nicholson!

Does anyone know of a Ketch we can crew or captain without buying it outright?
Not exactly a ketch but many similarities wih a ketch to be found in this one;
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It is also for charter..oh it comes with a bimini too!


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Old 14-01-2014, 12:27   #63
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One other point Dashew's ketches are long and skinny, he does not believe in the amount of beam that is so popular with current production boats.
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Old 14-01-2014, 19:35   #64
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Re: To Ketch or Not

I did a Google search for CHARTER A KETCH and found many opportunities. Most of these vessels are on the large size. Not surprising since the rig lends itself best to large boats. I think that if you poke around you can find a smaller bare boat or go on one of the big, crewed ketches.

In Muskegon, I know of two ketches presently available within a beer can toss. I attached photos. One is an Irwin 54 with sound hull but otherwise a handyman special for low money. The other is Maggie O'Katie, full keel double ender that has been well cared for. Masts are wood but the hull is GRP.

Irie Irwin 68 ft. ketch Charter Yacht - Cruising the Caribbean waters with 1st Class Yachts

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Re: To Ketch or Not

A lot of you folks seem to only class a boat on how well it go's to windward !! Thats ok if ya never learned how to tack !! Now Im lazy and never sail directly to windward!!I would much rather take an extra day or two and bear off a few degrees, and be comfortable!! and work a lot less !! Just an old lazy sailors 2 cents
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Old 14-01-2014, 20:55   #66
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Re: To Ketch or Not

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Say, I bet that the 747 will beat your ketch reaching, running or sailing off a waterfall too.

I've noticed that lots of cruisers say things like your quote, but in reality, many desirable cruising destinations seem to be upwind of where folks start out. So, if you want to go there, you either gotta sail upwind or motor upwind.

Some of those destinations are a long way away, too, and perhaps beyond your tankage range. When you face this sort of situation, a boat that does well to windward will seem more important than some internet wisdom about voyaging in a 747.

Every cruiser has to make decisions when choosing his boat. If a ketch lights your candle, that's fine with me. And some of them (ie Nick's Deerfoot) go like hell, but few can afford and/or find such an unusual vessel.

Hope that you all find the boat of your dreams, and that the dreams are a good fit to reality.



All good points. I will just add that some ketches motorsail to weather much better than most boats sail to weather, and have been designed to do so for long periods of time with large tankage. I bet my boat would out point even yours if I can turn on my engine and you can't. And with 450 gallons of tankage she will happily point very high and keep moving very fast for a very long time, expending little fuel at low RPM. Maybe not the cheapest, most simple and dependable way to move a boat to weather, but it sure works good!

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