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post #3 of Old 11-08-2013
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Re: Sailing a Cutter

We have sailed our cutter for 30,000 sea miles and while tacking the genoa through the headsail slot is irritating that is well compensated by the ease of use of the staysail in anything over 15 knots. We sail with staysail and single or double reefed main 80-90% of the time.

In heavy weather the staysail is indispensable.

I certainly would not buy a cruising boat without a staysail
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