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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

The boat is new to you. You are not racing so be conservative and go with the 130. You can always change up if you think you need the extra area.
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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

In light wind, unless the 150 is of lightweight cloth, it's just going to droop. Around here you really need a light-air sail (we have a hank-on drifter, 155% and nylon).
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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

Is this your boat Adam?


We took that off of Texana Island in early/mid July. There are a million Catalina 27s out there, but fewer that run big nylon genoas.

The 150+ genoa that I've sailed with is on the Catalina 25 that I crew on. It's a huge sail, but not nylon and we still get shape out of it in light airs. We just need to sit on the leeward side to force shape into it. It's a huge sail and deck sweeper (so no visibility under it), so it mostly gets used on light air days in reduced traffic. This is a photo of it flying almost loose at the dock:


For general purpose cruising and light racing the 135 on my Pearson works pretty well.
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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

For what it's worth I have a 150 and 130 and almost always go 130. They are hank on, so if I was going to leave one on, it would be the 130. It just has such a bigger range. I think my 150 is only good for 5-15, where the 130 I like in 1-25.

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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

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Keep both sails on board.
Real men change jibs.
I will keep mine on the roller and spend the time changing my panties then
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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

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Keep both sails on board.
Real men change jibs.
So if one has a 155, 140, 130 drifter, 110 and a storm jib for head sails, not to mention a spin, and the mainsail..........oh yeah, no furling!.......this must make me a REALLY big manly man! Oh yeah, daughter does the foredeck! LOLOLOL

This weekend we are putting up the REALLY OLD original main from 1985.....painted PINK! should be a lot of pink sails/boats etc off of shilshoal marina in seattle!

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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

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Is this your boat Adam?
Nope, actually my boat is in Vancouver. And ours is just plain white. Well, speckled gray. Okay I guess there's the occasional dull orange spot.

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We just need to sit on the leeward side to force shape into it.
Agreed, that's the only way to do it. We also had a dacron 150%, but we store it at home because the drifter replaces it in whatever conditions we'd use it in, is lighter, stuffs into a smaller space, and doesn't seem to get caught up on the shroud during those slow light-air tacks nearly as much.

Also agree with the others who say the 135% is a great general-purpose sail.
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Re: New Puget Sound Sailor needs jib advice

My boat came with a 155. I didn't think it performed well when partially furled, so I got a 110 for fall and winter sailing when the wind is a bit stronger. I figured with the 110, I could just leave it out even in heavier wind so I wouldn't have to deal with a partially furled jib. I've never taken it off. It is much better behaved in heavy air than the big sail and I notice very little if any difference in light air. The boat tacks easier and seems to accelerate quicker after tacking. I think it all depends on what the boat is designed for.
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