Continuing with my unplanned theme of sails this week (both yesterday’s post, together with one from time before, must do with sails, or cruising), i do believe I’d like to mention the Ketch rig. Since we bought our Amel a year ago July, we have been expected our viewpoint for the Ketch rig by many people, both exactly how we want it, and how we make use of it. So far, my response is definitely that people don’t actually understand a great deal about any of it, that we are just figuring it out. Now, 16 months later, personally i think that i could at the least start to make an impression.
To get the novices scanning this up to date, a Ketch actually two-masted vessel in which the rearmost mast is smaller compared to the forward one, and it is found in front of rudder. In the event that rearmost mast can be tall, or taller compared to the foremast, the vessel is Schooner rigged. In the event that smaller rear mast is aft associated with the rudder, the motorboat is known as a Yawl. Having said that, almost all Amels are ketch rigged, so demonstrably the designer, Henri Amel, thought there ended up being some advantage to the particular rigging setup.
Exactly what benefits ended up being he considering? Had been it rate? No, I don’t think therefore. When I understand it, the basic concept behind a Ketch rig is that the sail plan associated with boat can be spread out over two, smaller, more-manageable sections, in the place of a Sloop, a single-masted watercraft with one big mainsail. His belief was that configuration would be easier for a short-handed team, a cruising few, to cope with. Now with experience behind united states, we have a tendency to agree.
Frost under sail towards Carriacou. Picture due to our friend Dirk on Evening Ebb.
keep in mind that Evening Ebb can be a Ketch!
Surprisingly to us, many owners of Ketch rigged ships inform us which they rarely use their mizzen, a corner sail. In reality, a brand new friend of ours has also removed it from his ship to save weight! I know that regarding more recent Amels the mizzen doesn’t have electric furling as the mainsail and also the genoa do, which makes it a little more of the hassle to deal with, reasonably speaking, but nonetheless, it can be handled very easily through the security regarding the center cockpit, so why perhaps not utilize it?
Well, one reason that people don’t use it usually they say it cann’t influence the performance associated with watercraft very much. This, i’ve attempted to visited grips with. We almost always have our mizzen raised, as well as in fact, it’s the initial sail we typically set up, and do so before we also raise anchor. Our boat also sails very well, even to weather (towards the wind), with only the mizzen and genoa (many people make reference to this sail setup as jib and jigger).
We’ve been told that when cruising near hauled, that is, because near the wind as a watercraft can aim, the mizzen is really a barrier, assuming that the key is up too. Thinking is the fact that mizzen gets backwinded, and actually slows the motorboat down. Always willing to experiment, during our last passage from St. Lucia to Martinique, even as we were cruising close hauled, we in fact dropped the mizzen, attempting to see if reducing it could have impact. It didn’t, which doesn’t support the theory that it was slowing us down, but nor does it show it was assisting us by any means!
I’ve also heard your mizzen isn’t beneficial when sailing down wind, so it kicks the stern around in excess. This might be true, I don’t know. If I ever find myself capable of sail down wind, a thing that almost never takes place within the Caribbean, maybe I’ll execute a test to ensure or refute this. 🙂
Two other uses the back mast:
- Some individuals leave the mizzen raised at anchor, to do something as a riding sail of kinds. This supposedly helps to keep the ship pointing in to the wind, and prevent it from cruising around at anchor. We’ve never ever had an issue using this, and thus have never done it. We’ve, but run into a few Ketch rigged boats that did have their mizzen raised at anchor.
- The rear mast of the Ketch additionally permits the watercraft to fly a mizzen staysail, a light atmosphere sail that flies ahead for the mizzen mast, for use whenever sailing downwind (see image below). We don’t have such a sail, but I’ve seen photos of these. They appear nice, and I’ve heard that they’re quite effective.
I’m unsure who this Amel belongs to, however it is beautiful!
If this will be your boat, please inform me and I’ll edit the post to offer credit.
Recently we had someone touch upon an image of our watercraft on Facebook, saying that the Ketch had been a poor rig option, that a cutter will be better. Perhaps not interested in participating in another useless internet argument with anonymous guy, I simply responded that people are all entitled to our opinion. Clearly Henri Amel, the designer of our boat, felt differently than this fellow. And provided the number of Amels within Martinique, and in addition Ketch rigged boats from other designers (our company is surrounded!), I’d say that we now have a lot of people who feel differently!