large main or large headsail? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-29-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 393
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
jbarros is on a distinguished road
large main or large headsail?

Hi,

I''ve reciently started looking at some of the faster boats around, and most of them seem to have larger headsails than mains. Is this to beet racing rules, or is there some inherent logic to this? I always thought that sail handling is a lot easier with a big main rather than headsail. Thoughts?

Thanks.

-- James
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-29-2003
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,542
Thanks: 5
Thanked 85 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
large main or large headsail?

Actually, James, most of the modern fast boats have much larger mainsails than jibs. If you look at boats as diverse as IMS typeform boats, to Open class race boats, to America''s Cup boats, to racing multihulls, to Volvo 60''s, all have large mainsails in proportion to their jibs. Most older rating rule based race boats (CCA & IOR for example), were designed when the rule under penalized headsails and therefore have large jibs as compared to the mainsail strictly as a way of beating the rule. The only modern rule that still under penalizes headsails and so have predominantly small mainsails and large jibs is the MORC rule.

In a general sense, for an equal sail area, a fractionally rigged boat will be easier to handle and will be faster. It is only when you get into unrated area that a Masthead rig shines. If you were designing a rig for speed but independent of rating rules it would probably have a 7/8 fractional rig with minimal overlapping jibs and a sellection of masthead spinnaker and fractionally spinnakers.

Jeff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 09-29-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 393
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
jbarros is on a distinguished road
large main or large headsail?

Thanks. I could care less about my rating or time around bouyes. I like wed nights as a chance to brush up on sail handling, but thats about it. Also, the fast boats in my price range are all the older ones but most of them dont fit the rest of my specs, so not realy considering them for serious ownership, just as a point of refrence for other boats.

-- James

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
slugs catching upon raising main remazerov Seamanship & Navigation 24 09-04-2006 07:03 PM
Main Sail Shape newuser Learning to Sail 5 10-30-2004 03:45 PM
Headsail reefpoints maxcontax Seamanship & Navigation 5 05-13-2003 05:51 PM
Shore power problem! Burned ground wire at main breaker JohnDrake Gear & Maintenance 2 08-20-2002 05:08 AM
main halyard Sailmale Gear & Maintenance 5 06-20-2002 09:25 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:36 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.