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New Cruising Sails for a 29.9
The Admiral feels that it is time for new sails; who am I to disagree?
We keep the boat in Portsmouth, NH; we daysail and cruise from there. We'll go north and south, but mostly north. All the way to Canada before we're done. We hope to do one 'real' trip before we're too old. Maybe Bermuda, maybe the Great Loop.
We don't race and don't plan to start; ease of use and long life are at the top of our list.
We already have an asymmetrical spinnaker, we just need the sock.
Main: Full batten with as much roach as I can get. Loose footed. I've read that full batten sails go up and down more easily and nest nicely in the lazyjacks. Also, that they flog less and last longer.
Big Jib: A roller reefing 150% that will hold its shape when reefed to 135-120. This will replace the headsail we have now and be the one we use most often in the light air of New England.
Small Jib: A roller reefing 100% that will hold its shape when reefed to 80-70 (??). This is the sail that I'll go to when the forecast calls for winds above 15kts or so. Right now, I furl the headsail, reef the main, and fight the weather helm.
I don't believe I need a storm jib for coastal cruising. I'll stay in port or just motor into it. I guess I'd want one for the 'real' trip.
So, that's my thinking. I'd love to hear feedback on the plan and also suggestions for a sail loft; local would be nice.
1978 Bristol 29.9 #122
Testing a mother's love since 1962
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