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Old 06-01-2013
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Gozzard 31 vs Pacific Seacraft 31?

I have a PSC31 with a cutter rig, i.e. a high cut Yankee and a staysail. This week, in anticipation of really light winds on the Chesapeake, I swapped out the Yankee for a 130 Genoa that the prior owner used to sail the boat as a sloop. I like the look of a cutter rig but didn't have any real comparative experience. I do know now that a high cut Yankee gives poor down wind performance ( see one if my other posts about an asym elsewhere), so before I rush out to buy an asym, I wanted to test out the 130. So of course it was blowing 18-22 kts. I just had a wind gauge installed so I was able to get some good feed back. I was able to get up to 40 degrees off the apparent wind with the 130, with the staysail furled. Then I tried just the staysail, and I could pinch to 32-34 degrees. I dropped boat speed but the upwind difference was palpable. Of course the genoa sheets run outside the shrouds and the staysail sheets run to the coach roof.

Fwiw.

Elan
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