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Another name, fallen into disuse, for the ketch and yawl rigs. It was also sometimes used to describe the rig when the mizzen-sail was about one-third the size of the mainsail, the true ketch rig having a mizzen-sail about half the size of the mainsail and the true yawl rig having a mizzen-sail a quarter the size, or less. In some English West Country craft the mizzen-mast was stepped just forward of the transom stern either to one side of the tiller or with an iron tiller crooked around the mast. The sail, of triangular shape, sheeted to an outrigger or bumpkin, was called the dandy, and a boat so rigged, such as the Falmouth Quay punt, was called dandy rigged.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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