I've only sailed on my friend's modified CT 41 ketch
a few times in medium to light air. She had a topsail and a course. The topsail was roller furling
and the course you had to go up the ratlines to the yard to furl and unfurl.
More stable than a jib
for downwind, but a single
topsail seems like it would be smaller than most jibs. Is the sail set flying from the deck
or do you have to climb the mast
to set and furl? I think I would be less likely to set it if I had to climb the mast. The topsail she had on the roller furler
seemed to work well. The sheet blocks weren't set up properly though and could capsize
requiring a trip to the end of the course yard to fix.
Fun to sail for the fun of it and a very cool experience, but a bit of rigging
, drag, and weight aloft. Yard halyards, sheets
, braces, buntlines, there were two rows of belaying pins next to the mast. It was very impressive with the whole shooting match up. 3 jibs (bowsprit shortened and a jibboom added), topsail, course, main, mizzen staysail, and mizzen.
I suppose a single
small topsail could be fairly simply rigged and setup to be set flying from the deck
. From my limited experience not worth it.
Also unless you modify the mast or already have aft swept spreaders you are very limited in the course you can sail.