My first recommendation would be to try sailing the boat
with the helm
locked midships. It will give you a good feel for how the boat
reacts to sail trim. I try to do this with any boat but some are quite difficult, most ketches are easy once you get the hang of it.
There have been many discussions on here about how to shorten sail with a ketch and there are different ways to do it depending on the boat and your preferences.
Sailing onto and off of the anchor/mooring is easy with a ketch in my opinion. When sailing into anchor
, I furl the jib
, let the mainsheet go and sheet the mizzen hard which keeps the boat head
. When singlehanding
, this is especially helpful since you can go forward without worrying about the boat falling off and starting to sail again. If it is windy and you don't have the main up, you can still do the same thing. When sailing off the hook, I raise the mizzen and sheet it hard and raise the main and leave it loose. On smaller ketches, once you get the anchor
off the bottom you can back the mizzen by physically pushing out the boom and get the boat to fall off to the desired tack. On larger ketches, you typically need to back a headsail to get the bow to fall off the right way.
If you experiment
in open water
, I am sure that you will come up with plenty of tricks that work
well for you with your boat. Have fun.