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VMG & Wings
Your statement regarding wing sails seemed a little unusual for a guy with a trimaran for an avitar. Don't you know those things break up and flip over [;^) ?
I came over to the "Dark Side" 20 years ago because, after doing a lot of research, reading designers books, sailing with friends with large cruising/racing catamarans and several charters on Multihulls, the design concept and life style just made more sense. A lot of my friends who sail lead mines, never set foot on a catamaran and have little understanding of the world of multihulls always brought capsizing up early in any conversation about sailing. My usual response is "upside down on top of the water beats right side up on the bottom". As I am about to start the last phase in this wing thing (building time and money involved) I would be interested in the basis of your comment:
"As for wing sails, I'm not a big fan,
as they're a considerable hazard
on most cruising boats, since they create
a sail that is not reefable or removable."
Have you sailed on any vessel using a wing or Aerorig or large cord wing mast and if so what was the problem/hazard? Have you seen any reports of problems/hazards caused by wing sails on cruising boats? Also, is there a forum or thread somewhere on this site where wing sails are discussed?