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post #5 of Old 04-13-2019
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Re: Sails for light winds

If you are hardcore, sail no matter what, you need a reacher/drifter, Code Zero, Asym to keep the boat moving. Regular sails are just too heavy and stiff to capture the wind especially if there is any sea running. Yes you should learn all the tricks in making a boat move in light air but sometimes you need a specially built sail to do the job. Jib type, Reache/Drifter, Light air sails usually aren't max overlap designs and actually look a bit puny next to a 150 Genoa. They usually have a high cut clew so they can be sheeted to the boom on a reach. The sail cloth is light enough to fill in very light winds below 5k and shape is a bit baggy. You have to be ready to strike the sail when winds kick up as the light material is easily blown out into a big bag. Probably the reason Code Zeros are usually set on their own furler. They are not a sail for going hard on the wind, that's a 150% plus genoa's job. Used our Dacron reacher/drifter a lot on our W32 because we didn't turn the engine till we'd gone nowhere for two days on passages.

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