Types of Sailboats and Rigs
By Tom Lochhaas, About.com Guide
7 of 10
Photo © Tom Lochhaas
A yawl is very similar to a ketch. The mizzenmast is usually smaller and set farther aft, behind the rudder post, while in a ketch the mizzenmast is forward of the rudder post. Aside from this technical difference, the yawl and ketch rigs are similar and have similar advantages and disadvantages.