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Old 04-15-2008
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It totally depends on the boat and rig. On a fractional rig, I wouldn't as the headstay is not balanced by the backstay. On a masthead rig, it depends on the boat. My Cape Dory sails upwind, downwind, whatever with just the jib. It points just as well and never has lee helm if the wind is strong enough to move the hull. My boat is a Cape Dory 25D. Full keel, narrow beam, slack bilges. And it loves to sail with the rail in the water....Just ask the two Catalina 30's that I outran last week UP WIND using just my 130 genoa. Winds were 20-25 sustained gusts to whatever. My rail was right off the water the entire time. Everytime a gust would hit my rail would go under and I'd point up a few degrees. The catalinas, on the other hand, rather than bury their lee rail would lift their windward rail and slow. 6.4 kts with just the headsail on a beam reach. Not too bad for a boat with a static waterline of 19 feet!
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