What is the best sailboat to sail around the world? – Sailing Ep196

In a cruising world dominated by catamarans and light-displacement boats, the ketch rig seems almost antiquated among the YouTube generation. But if you’re serious about off-shore sailing, the ketch rig has proven its worth time and time again, even by today’s standards. So, is the best sailboat to sail around the world a ketch? We explain why we think so.

For overall balance, performance, handling and comfort, a ketch is difficult to beat.

Out here in the offshore cruising world, ketches are a popular alternative to other rigs because those smaller sails are easier to manage. This makes the ketch a great choice for couples, older sailors, liveaboards, families and solo sailors . For short-handed sailing across long distances while facing rough waters and heavier winds, the small sails on a ketch are simple to handle.

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