Daysail Images

No narrative this time, just a few photos from two recent daysails: one with my wife, and one with her dad.

Dad's a great shipmate and helmsman, and loves being on the water.

Dad’s a great shipmate and helmsman, and loves being on the water.

The two osprey on the left are fledglings. The whole family will leave soon, and we'll have empty nests until March next year.

The two osprey on the left are fledglings. The whole family will leave soon, and we’ll have empty nests until March next year.

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Lord of all he surveys.

I can hear him now - "Whadda YOU lookin' at?"

I can hear him now – “Whadda YOU lookin’ at?”

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Probably classified as a yawl, this classic plastic moors across the creek from me. Yawl and ketch are terms that are a bit fluid with respect to definition. Yawl generally refer to smaller mizzen sail than would a ketch.

Here's the yawl again, striking sail in preparation for motoring home.

Here’s the yawl again, striking sail in preparation for motoring home.

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4 comments
  1. Fred said:

    Actually the difference between a yawl and a ketch is the location of the helm. One has the helm aft of the mizzen mast the other the helm is forward of the mizzen. That said…Dont ask me which is which..

    • Fred, that’s what I used to think as well, but the more I read – especially naval architects’ comments – the more I realize there is little consensus on the definition of the terms “yawl” and “ketch” especially with respect to helm (or rudder stock) location in relation to the mizzen. What they do seem to agree upon is that a yawl rig features a much smaller sail area in the mizzen compared to the main, while the ketch mizzen has a good bit more. I’ve never seen published or declared sail area ratios (mizzen/main) that define either rig, but the distinction is made in general terms. So is that a yawl or or a ketch above? Let me offer the best answer possible: It’s definitely one or the other!

  2. I know as well, you cannot pass along the shorelines without seeing an Osprey, and yes you gotta take photos of them too. :-)

    • They just call out to the camera – “look at me.”

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