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Ummm... why do you have 20 sails???
Most boats will have the following:
If cutter rigged, maybe it will have a Staysail
If ketch rigged, it will probably have a mizzen sail
It might also have an Asymetrical Spinnaker or Gennaker
It might also have a Spinnaker
It might also have a Code 0 or other light upwind work sail.
That is a total of 10 or so sails, 11 if the boat is a cutter or ketch/yawl. How can you have twenty???
A small notebook would probably work quite well. This information doesn't need to be in a computer, and putting it in one makes little sense... this needs to be in something that you can refer to on the boat quickly... A waterproof notebook (Rite-in-the-rain comes to mind) would be an ideal solution. Most sails are cut for certain wind strengths...but this is generally based on the apparent wind, not the true wind, and the sails that will be necessary may change, depending on your point of sail.
For instance, my screacher sail is really rated for up to 14 knots of wind. If I am going almost dead downwind in 20 knots of wind and doing 10 knots... the screacher is going to be fine—the apparent wind is only 10 knots.
However, if I turn and go on a beam reach...20 knots of wind and doing 10 knots, the apparent wind is now up to 22+ knots, and I'm probably going to damage the sail.
Finally, going from the beam reach to close hauled, the boat may be doing 8 knots...but the apparent wind is now 25+ knots or so... and I better have much heavier sails than I did going downwind and might even want a reef in the main that wasn't necessary going downwind.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 05-04-2007 at 03:02 PM.