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Genoa question(s)

My understanding of a working job was it was your basic 100% jib. I know there can be smaller, down to a storm jib.

I've recently come across the term "working genoa", though. Is that a standard size (%) of genoa? Or is that another way of saying "a basic 100% jib"?

Also, how does one decide which "percent" genoa to carry? They seem to come in all percentiles, from 105% to like 175%. I was reading a Tartan 27 handbook I just got (chock full o' T27 stuff, whee) and it mentions a 176% genoa.

Our boat just came with one head sail, a 140%, a hanked on deal. I suppose we outta get a smaller head sail at some point, but reading this handbook got me curious about definitions. Google didn't spit up much helpful other than telling me genoa and jib is sometimes used interchangeably.
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