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Old 01-18-2007
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Wally...When you speak of dealing with heavy winds...what are you specifically talking about? Are you planning on taking the boat across oceans or are we talking about weekend sailing and being caught in heavier winds than predicted or squalls?
If ocean...the traditional method for dealing with really high winds in a storm is to have a storm trysail and track installed on the mast. If you want something for the headsail, ATN makes a storm jib that hanks on over the top of a roller furled sail but most prefer just to use the partially rolled up jib till it is time to roll it up fully. Here's a link to the ATN Gale Sail:
http://www.atninc.com/gale.html
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