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post #6 of Old 02-12-2013
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Re: Seeking recommendation for light air Sail

Originally Posted by lr172 View Post
do each of these options perform similar in light air or is one better than the other in light air? Will one give me a better range of wind options?

I am hoping to keep cost in check here and would prefer not to purchase a furler. Can the Geneker and Code 0 by flown without one?

Based on your original description, a Code 0 is definitely what you want... Mine seems cut slightly deeper, and with a higher clew than the one shown in Paulo's video, but it's a fantastic sail... No other sail will so often make the difference between sailing, and motoring, and I continue to be surprised more cruisers don't carry one...

In my experience, they don't perform as well as close to the wind as North claims, close to 50 degrees or so I lose any advantage over my genoa, even in the lightest air... Crack off a bit, however, and the difference is obvious...

You could fly one without a furler, but dousing it when the breeze comes up to the upper limits of its wind range can be a challenge... Unfortunately, the Code 0 furlers are pricey, but they're a great setup. Keep your eye out on eBay, there was a small Facnor identical to mine offered recently at a very good price, I don't believe it sold, so might be re-listed... You could always use a snuffer, as well... Not ideal for a Code 0, but will certainly work, and are more affordable than a furler...

Look at the websites for the major sailmakers, lots of good information on these sails found there...
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