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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

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It is a Pearson 28. I usually sail solo. Sometimes, my wife and son will daysail with me. I cruise solo.
Do fly the spinnaker when solo? I so, can you describe the drill?
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

Why two main sails? Is one a try-sail? Is one made of lighter fabric?

It'll be interesting to see how often you use all of them. I like having a selection of headsails to choose from, but a spinnaker, #1, #3, and storm jib seems like an adequate selection on a coastal cruiser.
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You are right. I don't like motoring.
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

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Do fly the spinnaker when solo? I so, can you describe the drill?
Yes, I fly the spinnaker solo. I use an autopilot. I was the foredeck crew on a racing sailboat so I am very familiar with the drill. The launch and the takedown are pretty easy. The only challenging part is jibing, which I am still working on. Standing high on the cabintop in front of the mast with both hands on the spinnaker pole while solo in the ocean is still a scary procedure.

What particular aspect of solo spinnaker flying do you have questions about? I refer to Andrew Evans' solo sailing book as my inspiration: http://sfbaysss.org/tipsbook/SinglehandedTips.pdf

I have 4 or 5 videos showing the spinnaker flying on my boat:

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Why two main sails? Is one a try-sail? Is one made of lighter fabric?


No, the second main is a backup sail, in case the first one becomes unuseable on a trip. In conditions where I would use a trysail, I would be flying a storm jib or my #4 or #5 only. The boat will sail upwind with jib alone.

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It'll be interesting to see how often you use all of them. I like having a selection of headsails to choose from, but a spinnaker, #1, #3, and storm jib seems like an adequate selection on a coastal cruiser.
Yes, when cruising, I most often fly the #1 and #3, the large spinnaker and the main, but it is nice to have other selections available for particular conditions.
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James, you got an unhealthy obsession with canvas.

You are right. I don't like motoring.
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

Where do you store all that canvas. I have a main with 3 reef points on the boom, a 135% Genoa on a furler, a staysail in its bag in its locker and a cruising shute in the same locker. in fact during the last three years the staysail and CS have not been used, that's over 15k miles. But then I am a lazy sailor.
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

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Where do you store all that canvas.
Forepeak w/o cushions - I fold my sails. Spinnakers in laundry basket or turtle.
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Re: Completed my cruising sails inventory with 11 sails

Freaking great! I love that attitude. It's all about sailing!
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