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Hi there, just bought a sailboat, a 23' Dolphin.... It is in pretty good condition with a new 6 HP Tohatsu outboard. I am on St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia. Looking so forward to getting out as it has been too foggy this past week. I have a question about charging my battery with my outboard, a sail pro, which I will post in the appropriate forum.... When I figure that out :) I got lots of extra sails with the boat.... Any idea how I know what they are for? Thanks all
 

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If you can find the book Annapolis guide to sailing , it should help with your question about sails and which ones to use when.

If you have a 'bunch' of sails, you probably have at least one main sail, a small "working " jib, a larger genoa jib, possibly storm sails and just maybe a spinnaker.
If you do have a spinnaker, my advice is to not try to use it without instruction from some one who can teach you the hazards of this sail when used by a novice
Good luck and great sailing. Stay safe
Mike
 

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Thanks Mike, yes I know one is a mainsail the same as I am using except it has red numbers instead of black, I don't think any are spinnakers, aren't they usually pretty colourful? One bag is labelled storm and one is labelled genoa, which I didn't see before, then there are a couple of bags not labelled. So my intent is to lay them out on my lawn and measure them! Thanks
 

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sounds great. You will most likely not need the storm sails. Usually just the main and working jib are sufficient, but the genoa is great in light airs. And yes most spinnakers are colorful, but if you lay one out on the ground, it will be the only sail that is the same on both sides of the triangle (luff and leech)
 
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