I’m in the process of purchasing a 33′ Cheoy Lee cutter-rigged clipper ketch. I’m an intermediate recreational sailer searching for information regarding the types of sails recommended for cutter-rigged ketches—-for instance, why might one fly a single 145% Genoa rather than the Yankee/Staysail combination?—-trimming techniques, more advanced configurations, such as a "mizzen spinnaker", performance configuration recommendations. My impression from internet and library searches is this type of information concentrates on racing sloops. We sailors with little or no desire to race seem to be left out in the cold, despite the fact that we still desire to get from point-to-point as efficiently as possible.
No doubt you’re as busy as the rest of us, but any information or pointers you might be able to shoot my way would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Brian L
Hi Brian, Because your questions cover a fairly broad range of topics, you might be best to start with Steve and Linda Dashews "Cruising Encyclopedia". The sail section of that book is very good and it addresses ketch and cutter rig sail plans better than any of the other books I have seen.
You can order the "Cruising Encyclopedia" at www.setsail.com. I think it costs about $70 but you will get plenty of use out of it when setting up your new boat. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for there, feel free to write back to me. Regards, Dan Neri