Originally Posted by Eleven
I'm not sure you'd want a small main unless you were going to sail across or into wind
(and swell)? and then you'd need something forward for balance?
You want a small, tough trysail so you can heave-to in bad weather
, or claw
off a lee shore without worry of the thing blowing out on you. While hove-to most long keeled boats will sit with just trysail (or deep-reefed main). If you need to claw
to windward you probably would need to put up a storm jib
as well, however.
I've hove-to in winds of 40kts with my reefed main only, and she sits fine... due to her cutaway forefoot, the wind on her bow keeps her from rounding up since it tends to slide to leeward. Any more than 40kts and I'd definitely want some tougher canvas
up, if only to preserve the main for when it's time to sail again. (My boat is only 28 feet)