Cruising Sail Inventory
I have a 30ft. Sunbeam sloop, which is heading towards the South Pacific, Mexico, Panama, South America, then either West to the open Pacific or East through the canal. The boat is about 10,000 lbs, and has a moderate rig, main hoist is just over 30ft, the Jib hoist is just over 33. The J measure is 11ft. Currently, I have a new main, full batten with a large roach. I have a pretty old and beat up 138% genoa with a low clew, a 96% in good shape, and a asymetric in good shape. As well, I am having a staysail made for the inner forestay. My question is whether I ought to invest in a new, large genoa of 145% or so, or whether it would be a waste of money. Right now, I sail in the SF bay area and coastal waters, so the 138 is too large, but heading south I have been told that a large genoa will be used more often than a small one. Of course, I do have a staysail as well, so I could just use the 96 with the staysail to make extra area, though tacking becomes difficult short handed... my internal debate is endless! Anyone have any experience in said waters in similar vessels?