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Hello, All. This may be specific to O'day owners, but not sure. I have 2 questions. Bought my '81 O'day 22 last year and have been completely baffled by the dilemma on flying my Genoa inside or outside the lifelines. I'm reading William F. Buckley's sailing book, Racing Through Paradise, and posted the photo of one of his boats below. You see the head sail outside the lines, but it looks awkward where it sits on top of the pulpit.
Question 1: Do I need to be using it outside the lines also? I used it for the first time last month on the inside and it seemed to trim nicely, but what do I know? You all are the experts.
Question 2: In the photo, the sail is not trimmed in very much. Do you think he was sailing down wind? Keep in mind I'm still learning, but I was under the impression these sails were generally pretty taught.
 

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al brazzi
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Not sure on your boat but it depends on the track position relative to the shrouds. Usually outside is best especially off the wind I wouldn't want to have the sheet dragging on the shrouds and surely they would be if inside. On a smaller less that 110 or so you may need to sheet inside, that's whats recommended on my Boat.
 

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If this is an accurate depiction of a boat like yours (high stanchions, shrouds all the way to the edge) then yeah, I'd say sheet the genoa outside the lifelines. I don't think I'd want to "skirt" that genoa though. What I real pain each time you tack upwind. I'd be bucking to remove the stanchions.
 
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