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Old 08-26-2010
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Sure it was a masthead? Many newer fractionals look almost like mastheads (eg 16/20 fraction). But that gives additional sail-area like you say.
We like the Asym for easy handling, and that might mean that we get there faster anyways - even if racing, because we're squirrely DDW so prefer to tack a few times instead. Our boat is a masthead, and we get a LOT of sailarea with the Asym, or even the genoa. But as has been stated also hard work getting it home.
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