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Re: Shoal Keel in Puget Sound
While I agree that a gennaker / asym is a great idea for the Salish Sea, I would be remiss if I did not get on my soapbox and state that the gennakers should be flown with mainsails.
I put my main up as soon as possible and it stays up until just before docking or anchoring. I will usually keep it up with picking up a mooring ball.
The main is essential when the wind picks up and you need to blanket the gennaker to get it down. In any conditions blanketing the gennaker makes get the dousing bag down much easier.
If the main is interfering with the flow of air to the gennaker, centre the main.
I also motor with the main up and sheeted in.
[steps off soapbox, for a while]
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