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06-13-2013 01:07 AM
sailguy40
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

I used to fly a 155% Kevlar when I had my Oday 22. I used that and a full main in over 10kt winds more then once. I used to be able to keep that boat standing up pretty straight most of the time. My favorite headsail was my 150% genoa. I had used that one even without a main at times and still would get some nice speed.
06-13-2013 01:00 AM
RedHorizon
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

I'm going to echo all the votes for the 135! Easier to manage and is a good versatile sail. On my boat I have a 150 and a 110 on roller furling...I find the 150 hard to handle when it pipes up and the 110 lacking in light air. In really light air, my 150 can be hard to shape as the weight of the sail with the sunbrella UV strip weights down the clew. While this dosent apply to your boat as you have hanks...it does support overboard's comment on finding a used drifter for the really light air days. The 135 is a nice balance.
06-12-2013 09:29 PM
overbored
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

the 150 will be a workout when short handed. with shoal draft keel a 150 will drive you sideways as much as forward in any thing but the lightest of air. I would get a 135 and find a used drifter for the really light stuff.
do you have the tracks and blocks to support a genoa. are the winches big enough for a 150
06-12-2013 09:19 PM
luck66
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

I've got a 110 jib and a 150 jib. I use them both, but like the 150 best. When the wind picks up I let the main out some, which allows me to play the guests. Go with the 150. I sail solo most of the time and do o.k.
06-12-2013 09:05 PM
killarney_sailor
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

I agree on Bacon Sails. They are quite conservative with their condition descriptions. Any sails rated 'good' or better will meet your needs and you should be able to get a genoa and working jib for the price of one new sail.
06-12-2013 07:59 PM
deniseO30
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

Most have 150s around here 5hort. Are you hanked on jib? Or roller furling? Baconsails.com some in inventory. Catalog Number: 177-HUEB-103 and Catalog Number: 79-RAPM-105 I don't buy new anymore. In a perfect world of income I would but those times are long gone. Penny pinching is the only way for me now. All that aside I've done quite well with used sails.
06-12-2013 07:51 PM
bristol299bob
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

Since you have hank on sails I'd consider getting that genoa with one (or two if possible) reef points. A hank on sail with proper reef points give you decent sail shape when reefed.
06-12-2013 07:18 PM
norsearayder
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

i bought sails 3 years ago before i sailed 4200 miles to the bahamas and back. my135 was a workhorse and was all i used for headsail [reefable]
06-12-2013 05:53 PM
poopdeckpappy
Re: If I had to get one new sail, what would it be?

I agree with DrB, a good 130 ( or 35 ) will be more than plenty
06-12-2013 05:10 PM
DrB
Why would any one recommend a 150 as a Primary Headsail?

OP-

You currently have only two sails on your boat. A decent shaped mainsail and a blown/baggy jib (100%). SO really you have only one true functioning sail. The blown jib does help move the boat, but not efficiently.

Forget about anything over 135% unless you have a deep keel and/or plan to sail with rail meat and race hard. Depending on your boat you'll, be way overpowered anything over 12kt of wind when beating. Once over 12kts of wind, you'll have too much helm, constantly adjusting, and sailing inefficiently (slow). More is not always better.

A 130 or 135 is the sail you want for a general work house sail. Good area for light area, not too much for steady "heavy" air up to about 22kts. With adjustment at the helm or reefing the main, you could probably use it up to about 25-30kts.

DrB
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