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Basically, if you get caught in a heavy storm with very strong winds, the wing mast becomes a serious issue.
I have been on a trimaran that had a wing mast that did become a problem... and the problem was solved when the wing mast broke and fell overboard... causing other problems. Generally, cruising boats shouldn't have a sail that they can't remove. A wing mast is effectively a sail that can't be removed.
If you're going to use a wing mast, it would probably be wise to make it less than 10% of the total main sail area in size. Then you could probably get away using it as a storm sail.
The reason I doubt you'll find much on using a wing mast or wing sail is that they're very limited purpose and fairly rare, mainly due to the expense of building them and maintaining them and the dangers involved in sailing a boat with one.
On one of the video websites, probably Youtube.com, there was a video of a wingsail shredding itself during a speed record attempt... really not pretty to watch.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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