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post #3 of Old 02-21-2007
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If you're that concerned about light-air performance, shouldn't you be looking at a new NYYC 42 instead of a used Valiant 42? The sails on this boat were customized for the current owner. Based on the remarks, it sounds like he and his sailmaker knew what they wanted and what they were doing. As Giulietta suggests, the condition of the sails should probably be the big concern. It blows hard in SFO, and the current owner might have sailed a LOT. SFO bay isn't really that big. If that's been his main stomping ground, he's made lots and lots of tacks, meaning lots of wear & tear on his sails. A bigger jib is going to be a hassle on this boat, which sounds like it's rigged with a staysail that will already interfere with each tack. For cruising in light air and long tacks, pick up a blooper or reacher - there are plenty around. Quantum would probably be happy to sell you one too, and even with a new light-air reaching sail, it should be cheaper than a NYYC 42.
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