What Is the Difference between a Ketch and a Yawl?

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A ketch is a sailing vessel that has two masts while a yawl is a ship's small boat which also has a dual mast. The position of the secondary mast is what differentiates between the ketch and yawl. In a ketch the secondary mast sits ahead of the rudder while in a yawl the secondary mast is located at the stern.
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The main variation between a ketch and a yawl is that in a ketch, the mizzen mast is ahead of the rudderpost which is the axis of rotation for the rudder, while a yawl has its mizzen mast after the rudderpost.
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Yawl has it's mast behind the rudder
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A sloop has one mast a ketch, like a yawl has two. The difference between a yawl and ketch has to to with the relationship of the back mast to the centerboard post. Having another
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John, On my old Yawl, the Tom Wylie design Saga, I had a mizzen that was only a little larger than a laser's mainsail. I used to sit on the weather quarter while the boat sailed herself
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It's quite simple, really. We have a proper ketch, a Nicholson 48. And yes, we do need the mizzen for propulsion, as it is quite large. So no, we do not ignore it when sailling upwind
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