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Re: New Sailer Looking for Sage Advice

Two mains and two jibs are an unusual requirement. Usually means an older classic boat and typically on the bigger size.
Any specific reason or do you just like the look.
The reason the older boats had that configuration was because before dacron sails and modern cordage they tried to keep the sails smaller because the larger ones would not hold their shape.
Also everything was heavier and winches were not yet standard.
Modern materials makes more efficient sail plans standard and half as complicated and fewer parts makes them less expensive.
The old schooner and ketches/yawls are sure pretty though.

Some of us are willing to have a boat that is harder to sail, more expensive to maintain and doesn't sail as well to have the old time look.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

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