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Re: Need your help... short survey about wing sails
This comes back to the idea that a boat operates as a system, and that the wings really come into thier own on higher speed boats, and offer smaller speed gains on displacement monohulls and heavier displacement multihulls which is the majority of the boat buying marketplace.
Beyond that, wings operate efficiency in a very narrow range of camber and twist adjustements. These are the type fine scale adjustments which is beyond the level of attention to sail trim that most sailors are willing to live with.
There would be a pretty wide range to technical issues that would need to be resolved such as the ability to shorten sail area safely and quickly in a building breeze, the ability of depower the sail quickly in a gust, and the ability to add deep angle and downwind sails to deal with inherent decreased aparent wind on these points of sail.
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