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Old 06-26-2008
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You may be right dog-. All I can tell you is that mine rolls and furls quite well. I have sailed and even raced a couple of times with my 145% furled approx. 20-25%. I wouldn't furl any deeper than that for fear of loosing too much shape. I also have a dacron 110% with a high cut foot that I can bend on if the wind is going to be really high. However, my 110% is a little older and doesn't have as good a shape as my mylar partially furled.

Disclaimer: My boat being a yawl allows me to fully douse the main when wind pipes up and contine on full genoa longer than most other boats would tolerate. Your results may vary.
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An observation:

The radial cut spinnaker is probably a lot flatter cut, and made for reaching, rather than running. I guess it all depends on what you're doing with the boat. If you're going to go ring-around-the buoys, keep both spinnakers.

As for the mylar sails, I would personally get rid of them. They have a limited life span to begin with, and I've seen more than one of them fail in rather spectacular ways.

I'd carry the 150 for light wind, the 130 for general stuff, and maybe the storm sail. If you're just playing on the Chesapeake, I'm not sure the storm sail will be useful. Better to run and hide.

Keep this in mind: if you've got this big bunch of sails and they're on the boat, the best thing you can do is get them off the boat. Back in my mis-spent youth, when I was doing a lot of racing, one of the axioms was: a dock box is the best racing device you have. Get the weight off. The boat will handle better, be faster, and less cluttered up.

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