I started crewing when low-aspect mains and non-lapping headsails were the norm, and still consider the disappearance of jib clubs to be the seminal event in the popularization of small sailing craft. To this day, I consider tacking a 150% genny in a small gale is a pleasure compared to first getting the club to set right, and then avoid being swatted overboard by it.
02-23-2004 04:06 PM
You don''t say where you sail, but with a C&C 24 unless you''ve got a good 25knots of breeze on a regular basis, you''re likely to need all the sail area forward you can get. A smaller jib would make tacking easier, but a self-tacking sail would of necessity be so much smaller that it could be really frustrating to try to get anywhere in most U.S sailling venues, where light air is the norm.
02-23-2004 03:11 PM
Generally in order to be self-tacking the sail ends up being a 95% or smaller jib. For a boat like a C&C 24 that was so dependent on carrying fairly large headsails I would think that it would take a lot of wind to be able to sail with such a small sail. You might consider having a 110% to 115% genoa made with the leading edge cut like a larger genoa and with battens and a fair amount of roach. The small overlap of a sail like that would allow easier tacks.
02-23-2004 03:01 PM
I am considering rigging my C&C 24 with a self-tacking jib. Has anyone out there done this? or similar boat? I now have a 150 genoa and the boat is a decent club racer. but sunday lunch cruises would be easier with a self-tacking rig.