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Re: Small Craft Warning

Or maybe an off the shelf storm jib that clips over your forestay. They're not terribly convenient, but they don't cost as much as a custom alternative.
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Re: Small Craft Warning

Originally Posted by PnwReacher View Post
So, something of a cross-post here from another thread - similar question (two actually), but different angle:

I've found I like sailing in heavier weather (and my wife does, too), and have been working to learn more about it over the last few seasons. I should add I'm in the PNW, on a 27' masthead sloop, so heavy weather for us is about the bottom end of a USCG small craft warning (21-33 kts)....
I have no answers to your questions, I just wanted to point out to those reading and who are new to sailing that a Small Craft Advisory (actually issued by NOAA, not the USCG) varies around the U.S. It is based on the local conditions and not any fixed wind and/or wave height.


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Re: Small Craft Warning

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3 points, fully battened, although the previous owner fixed the boom at the top of its slider, so the center of effort is quite high (boom is fixed a solid 7' off the cockpit sole).

And Yes - should have clarified I was including working with the traveler as part of active sheeting.
Sounds good - the traveler is your best friend when it gets gusty. Any idea why your boom is fixed so high? Don't know what kind of boat you have but the designer had it sliding for a reason. You might get some help by un-fixing it and moving the sail down a bit if it is higher than designed.

A sailmaker should be able to work with you to make your roller furling genoa perform well when partly furled. Good luff pad makes a lot of difference and some are better than others when the sail is not furled. I have a thick Dyneema rope in the front of the cruising jib that really screws up airflow when it is not reefed. Would do it differently on a new sail I think.
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Re: Small Craft Warning

It looks like you've gotten good advice here. I particularly liked the idea of going to a 90 - 100% furling jib. I do have one thing to add to the discussion: inspect the heck out of your standing and running rigging. You do not say how old the boat is, but the standing rigging is under tremendous loads in heavy weather. If you know that you spend a lot of time in stressful conditions, you might replace at the earlier end of it's expected life, say at 10 years instead of 15 years.
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