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Drifter Sail

When I bought my 27 Catalina this past Feb. it came with several head sails, a Working Jib, a Storm Jib, a Spiny and a sail called a Drifter.

Does anyone out there have any experience with a Drifter Sail? Does it need a whisker pole or can it fly like a Jib or Genoa ? Is it a down wind sail or can you sail all points of sail with it?

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Re: Drifter Sail

If it's really a drifter, it's a big (usually at least 150%, often as large as 180), lightweight genoa and can be rigged and flown in the same way. Pretty simple sail to use but likely to only be good for maybe 6kts apparent.
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Re: Drifter Sail

Thanks,

I figured it was a light wind sail, just wasn't sure if it could be sailed up wind. I am looking forward to getting it out of the bag and trying it out.
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Re: Drifter Sail

Its the PERFECT sail for here in the salish sea. Especially if it is ripples or less from water smoothness. I have a 130 made of 3 oz nylon spin cloth. Gets me moving in the lightest of winds! But it is only good to about 5-6 knots as noted. Down wind I could probably go a bit higher. But why do that, when one has a spin that is 3x the size, and .75oz cloth!

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