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fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with a mainmast forward carrying a mainsail and jibs. It has a mizzenmast aft, stepped forward of the rudder post. In the United States, ketch-rigged vessels are widely used today as yachts. The term was formerly applied to a two-masted square-rigged vessel with the mainmast stepped amidship. Widely employed in offshore fishing by American colonists until about 1700, the ketch was also used until the mid-19th cent. as a warship in European navies.

ketch

a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost
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But I could have done it all myself and the spread of canvas across the ketch rig means no one sail is unmanageably large.
A more powerful ketch rig flies overhead and the large GRP doghouse / hardtop means a totally sheltered centre cockpit at sea.
Ketch rigs aren't common in modern production yachts because they are seen as an added complication but they are a practical way of spreading the sail plan to allow couples to handle the yacht two-up.