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What is the difference between a sloop and a cutter?

Last Updated: 21st May, 2020

A sloop rig has 1 mast, with a jib and mainsail. A cutter is a sloop with 2 foresails(jib, staysail) and a mainsail. A ketch has 2 masts. A schooner has 2 masts, the 2nd mast is taller.

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Similarly, it is asked, what is a cutter rigged sloop?

The cutter is one of several types of sailboats. Traditionally the sloop rig was a rig with a single mast located forward of 70% of the length of the sailplan. In this traditional definition a sloop could have multiple jibs on a fixed bowsprit.

Secondly, what is the difference between a yawl and a catch? A ketch has two masts with the mizzen mast stepped before the rudder head. If the mast is stepped aft of the rudder head the boat becomes technically a yawl not a ketch. The mizzen sail in a ketch is a driving sail, in a yawl it is more of a balancing sail.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what type of ship is a cutter?

A cutter is typically a small, but in some cases a medium-sized, watercraft designed for speed rather than for capacity. Traditionally a cutter is a smaller sailing ship with a single mast. It is fore-and-aft rigged, with two or more headsails and often has a bowsprit.

What is the difference between a sloop and Ketch?

A ketch is a common rig for cruising sailboats. It has two masts: a traditional mainmast as on a sloop, plus a smaller mast in the rear of the boat. This means that the mainsail and headsail of a ketch are generally smaller than on a sloop, but the mizzen sail roughly makes up the difference.

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