Originally Posted by Mr W
Main 36,0 sqm
Jib (106 %) 33,0 kvm
Main sail a bit smallish...?
Is not really a jib but a 106% genoa. I guess the reason most modern sailboats have the type of balance between main and genoa (that favors a big main and a smaller jib) has much to do with the need to clear the saloon space. Even the ones that have the mast on the cabin need a compression post. Maybe also to ORC handicap that values small front sails and big mains.
If you look at an open60
you will see that the mast is on the middle of the boat and that if we consider a small genoa the areas of the main and Genoa will not be very different.
Do you have noticed that on the Sunfast 3600 the mast in the middle of the saloon? Not so much in the middle of the boat regarding an Open 60 but probably more than the average of most performance cruisers. Maybe is that different distribution that makes for a main not much bigger than a 106% genoa.