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Re: 110 vs. 135 Headsails
Are you sailing fully crewed or shorthanded? Are you racing or just sailing for fun? How long will you be sailing?
On the boat I race on, we have 3 headsails (#1, #2, #3). The #3 is about a 100 and it gets used maybe every other year.
On my boat, I have a single headsail, a 135 that I can roll up to a 110 and still have good shape. I casually race my boat, always short handed, and I am NOT going to be changing headsails.
If you think you will be sailing for a few hours, and have a crew, then by all means get another head sail. If you're day sailing, or short handed, or not going to be sailing all that long, then I would just roll up the 135 and give up a few degrees of pointing.
On my boat I use full sails up to 15 kts or wind. At 15 kts I reef the main. At 20 I reduce the headsail to a 110. At 25 I will either furl the headsail (if the main is already up [and reefed]) or just sail on the headsail (if the main has not been raised). If the wind is over 25 I probably won't be sailing.
On the race boat with 6 guys we have more options. #1 and full main to 15. #2 and full main to 20, maybe 25. #2 and reefed main to 25, maybe 30. #3 and reefed main above 30.
Those numbers are all for apparent wind.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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