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post #7 of Old 04-13-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

Seems like a lot of sails to me. I am assuming that you do not have a furler? For a circumnavigation on a 45 footer (40,000 lbs) with a removable inner stay, we have (comments based on 30,000+ blue water miles):

- main (Hood furling which was not new when we left and has done very well)
- trysail (own track, can be used as a spare main if necessary, but haven't used it yet)
- #2 for furler (North, new when we left and has been up for probably 27,000 miles)
- working jib for furler (used once, but mainly for a backup jib
- staysail (inner stay, used sometimes)
- storm jib (inner stay, never used)
- asymmetric (used fairly often, general purpose downwind sail, even almost directly downwind it has been a lot better than motoring or white sails)

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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