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post #2 of Old 05-24-2004
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Fractional vs. Masthead Rig

not to throw fuel on any potential fire but, I''ve read Jeff''s comments on the ease of a fractional rig compared to a masthead rig. Smaller headsail, easier to singlehand, but has anyone read the recent article in SAIL magazine about rigs??? Because now I read a different point of view. "A masthead rig is simpler. It could be loosely be called a fixed rig, since the mast''s attitude is mostly present and is not likely to be changed at sea. Masthead rigs primarily generate their power from a large overlapping genoa and consequently have a smaller , easier to control mainsail. This rig is ideal for shorthanded bluewater sailors: The boat is easily depowered initially by simply furling the genoa a few turns, and, if conditions continue to wqorsen, the mainsail is small enough to reef without drama..." (SAIL, June 2004, p.61)

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