Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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I have not used one of the gale-sail setups but would imagine it would be a pretty tough task when the conditions would warrant using it so I can see why you are considering the alternative.
I would want to be certain that the pad eyes on the mast and deck are up to the task since the loads from the storm jib would be significantly higher than from the pole lift. With the jib just being tightened by a fairly small winch you would not get very good luff tension.
You might want to check the Bacon Sails website, they have a formula for calculating the size of storm jib you would want. They also have one for sale since used storm jibs are almost always in excellent condition (they rarely if ever get used!)
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.