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12-13-2011 08:38 PM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by nolatom View Post
This'll sound picky, but when you reef the main, try to get lots of halyard tension, so the luff is really tight. Yours is kinda scalloped, result is a baggier sail that heels you without moving you ahead as well in a strong breeze.
When you are right you are right.
I tightened it up after the picture.
Really, you just have to believe me.
12-13-2011 06:43 PM
nolatom This'll sound picky, but when you reef the main, try to get lots of halyard tension, so the luff is really tight. Yours is kinda scalloped, result is a baggier sail that heels you without moving you ahead as well in a strong breeze.

Roller jib shape you can't do much about. But you can with the main. How are you rigging the jiffy-reef line on the clew? That might need more tension too.

"Flatter is faster" when the breeze pipes up. Meaning not just sails, but also heel (if you can). And if you have a traveler, use it upwind and on reaches--ease it and you can strap the main down hard with the sheet (helps get it flat) without having to sheet it too far in to the centerline, which will just heel you too much.
12-13-2011 04:37 PM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
That is an interesting configuration. It would unbalance the sail plan, but, I wonder why they didn't just make the main bigger? With a reefed main, there will be a bunch of force in the middle of a boom that is supported only on the ends.
I don't see how the length of the boom has anything to do with the sail plan balance.

The position of the mast yes
The size of the sail yes

But if the boom is longer than the foot of the sail it does not affect the sail plan at all.

It also makes the topping lift clear the roach easier which is another benefit.

As far as the reefed sail causing force in the middle of the boom that is true of course, hopefully the designer took that into consideration when sizing the boom.
12-13-2011 04:33 PM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
Do you use a trailer for the Cat 25' over winter?
Enjoy.
Winter, what winter?
Brad and I sail all winter.
12-13-2011 01:19 PM
Barquito
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The boom on a C25 is designed to extend well aft of the clew of the mainsail.
That is an interesting configuration. It would unbalance the sail plan, but, I wonder why they didn't just make the main bigger? With a reefed main, there will be a bunch of force in the middle of a boom that is supported only on the ends.
12-13-2011 12:01 PM
Sailormon6
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Originally Posted by BarryL View Post
Hey,

What's the story with the main sail or boom? It looks like either the main is way too small or the boom is way too long.

Barry
The boom on a C25 is designed to extend well aft of the clew of the mainsail. The reason it is done that way is because the mainsheet traveler is mounted on the transom, and the boom needs to be longer in order to have a satisfactory angle between the mainsheet tang on the end of the boom and the traveler. If the boom was shorter, the main sheet would have a tendency to sweep the cockpit during a tack or gybe, with the mainsheet snagging the occupants. If you look at David's photo, I think you can visualize it. The longer boom allows the mainsheet to sweep aft of the helmsman and all the passengers in the cockpit during a tack.
12-12-2011 09:59 PM
CalebD Better to have too much space at the end of your boom
then not to be able to tighten your out haul all the way.

Does the main sail have #'s on it and do they match your boat? It could be a sail from a different 25 or so footer. I've seen the reverse, where the main sail came to the bitter end of the boom and there was no way to tighten the out haul without reefing the sail. At least your out haul works.

Do you use a trailer for the Cat 25' over winter?
Enjoy.
12-12-2011 09:12 PM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by BarryL View Post
Hey,

What's the story with the main sail or boom? It looks like either the main is way too small or the boom is way too long.

Barry
Not sure, the boat came that way. If I get up the ambition I should check the specs and see how far off it is.

It is not as much as the picture seems to show because of the angle of the camera but that was my question too during the survey.
12-12-2011 11:14 AM
BarryL Hey,

What's the story with the main sail or boom? It looks like either the main is way too small or the boom is way too long.

Barry
12-11-2011 05:14 PM
davidpm This picture is from today.
Good old Long Island Sound co-operated with 0 to 10 knot winds.

As you can see the Catalina 25 even in very light wind of only 5 knots can get going pretty well as it is in this picture. It piped up to 10 knots and and with full genny and main was only 10 degrees angle of heal.
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