Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?
Go out in 25 knots of so and experiment with heaving-to. You will need to adjust the technique when the winds are substantially stronger but the same basic set-up should work. Every boat, no matter what rig it has, works best in a different way. As a guess never having sailed your rig I would want a very small main - since it pretty far back it will tend to bring you up a lot - balanced with a medium amount of jib out.
One other thing about heaving-to, it is not just about 40 knots plus. Sometimes you want to do it in moderate winds, say if you are approaching your destination in the dark and need to kill time until it is light enough to enter. So it makes sense to practice in a variety of conditions.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.