Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
"I have often considered investing in a trysail. I already have the track for it. I actually have a heavy made sail for a much smaller boat in storage in Washington. I wonder how that would work on my boat??"
I've never hoisted a trysail in anger. I wouldn't bother getting one. I like deep reefs in a sturdy main, and frankly the main is going to get pulled down pretty early in a serious blow. On the other hand, I really like a storm staysail hanked on to an inner forestay. With a boat that sails reasonably well, you can even claw to weather with only the staysail flying...and someone on the helm who can steer.