Good morning! I am in the midst of trying to buy a new to me boat
(Skookum 56) and spent a few hours yesterday with the sails
stretched out in the living room floor (and beyond). The original sailmaker
by Watts, so that gives you an idea of the age of the inventory.
, staysail, and main are in decent condition and will give me a few more years before I have to consider another big investment. The mizzen, however appears to have been left on the boat
uncovered for a significant length of time and is in pretty sad shape. Dirty, stained, lots of small holes and some serious wear areas that I would need to patch before I would feel safe using the sail.
So I spent some time searching for used mizzens without much luck. All the usual suspects—Bacon’s, Second Wind
, Minnie’s, Atlantic Sail Traders have come back empty, with one exception. On one site ‘Main/Mizzen’ is the search criteria, so I found two mains that seem to fit.
Here’s the question: is there a significant difference between a “main” and a “mizzen”? Are we simply looking at a function of size? Are there particular features of the mizzen I’m looking for that you would NOT find on the main?
I’m admittedly new to ketch
sailing, so any suggestions will greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance,