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Light air sail for Great Dane 28

I am in need of a large light air sail. My boat is a Great Dane 28 full keel relatively heavy displacement, 9000 pounds. She handles heavy air great but needs help in 5 to 10 knots of wind.

I recently visited with a sail maker and he suggested a 150 genoa (280 sq ft) made up with 1 and 1/2 oz nylon. I was thinking of something like a drifter.

I would like any input you folks have. Thanks
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Light air sail for GD28

I also sail a Great Dane 28 and would agree with your inclination towards a drifter rather than large genoa. I have 170% genoa which will have the toe-rail in the water going to windward in a 15 knot breeze. I find it ok for reaching in light air but the weight of sail cloth causes it to collapse too easily making it very tedious. I find the large genoa very limited on the GD28. It overpowers the boat easily when sailing to windward,does not perform well when reefed and not as easy to fly downwind as a drifter. In my opinion the GD28 performs much better with full jib/110 genoa in most conditions and a drifter or kite for downwind.
Nice to see another GD28 out there
best regards
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