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 WHY A CAT KETCH?

"The rig type is, indeed, one that has been around for many years, and one which was greatly favored by the watermen of the East Coast before the age of power. The rig fell out of favor not because it was inefficient, but because working sailboats became obsolete, and the recreational sailboats which have been built since, are influenced not by the need for efficiency and speed, but by an artificial rating rule. Such rules, made to "equalize" boats on a race course, often penalized the very things which made a boat fast. So designers of "modern" boats designed boats that could get the greatest benefit from the lowest rating - and not necessarily the best, fastest boat they could have designed. When ratings were not an issue, the cat ketch has been a rig favored for it's gentle ways."
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 (Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

  


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