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Mr. Jeff H.
Calling me to task? Ok.
Your info is flawed by lack of research, understanding and experience with the rig on cruising yachts. Whatever, it sounds like you are comparing modern full batten sails/rigs with lugs. Your avg modern day sailmaker doesn''t have a clue about lug sails. Apples and oranges guy. Your previous statement about coming about is also an exception, not the rule.
About lug foil...it is not as critical for the homebuilder to cut and sew successfully. Sail shape is adjustable with a lug. There is complete adjustability of the leech and total adjustability of the sail. The lug sail can be adjusted to spill the upper portion of the sail yet have the lower section drive. Reefing under moderate conditions requires only dropping to the next batten and no tieing ends...etc, etc, etc..
So where did I get my info from?
I won''t go into detail on 45+ yrs of owning (marconi, gaff, fractional, sloops, ketches, schooners, full keel, fin, centerboard, monos, cats, tris) and sailing up to 90'' but that is part of the source. Included in that was about 3 months anchored a stone''s throw from Tom Colvin and his 48''lug rigged vessel K''UNG FU-TSE down in the islands. Many times observed him sail in and out of harbor...on or off the hooks and no motor running. That included reefing and other tasks with the rig. I also spent those months sitting on the fantail of his boat, breaking bread, chatting about boats and rigs with him. You could say it was an education from one of the few experts on southern lugs rigs for cruising boats. I doubt there is another person alive who has designed, built and cruised and experimented with more lug rigs. Unlike most, he also has extensive experience on all other rigs.
I''ve already mentioned that Colvin boat owners who sail lugs like them. These are the people who cross oceans and stay out for years. Most had plenty of experience before selecting the lug.
There''s nothing to debate.