Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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Every boat that cruises IMO needs an asymetric.
We sailed under the chute from Key West to tampa thats a long time If we didn't have it we would have motored a lot more.
What I've noticed while cruising in the Puget Sound is that the wind is either blowing too strong on your nose, or too little downwind...
On the really light days, I can move upwind pretty well, but just slat around getting back home...
I figure the asymmetrical will allow me to work my way upwind and reach back with the chute... I don't have enough crew, or funding for a symmetrical chute, and figure the asymmetrical will work.
I had planned to buy one this winter, but wound up spending the cash on a new genoa and dodger...
Looks like you had a great trip. I look forward to my first Caribbean cruise someday....
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
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