Originally Posted by DefinitelyMe
I guess my point is that unless you are specifically interested in going upwind in light air, there will be better choices of sail than a code zero, and those other choices are likely to be more versatile over a wider range of wind angles and wind speeds. So, if you're looking for a sail to purchase
for cruising, and have a choice of what to spend your money
on, i personally would not go for a code zero.
Well, there's certainly the possibility that my particular experience, with my boat, might be somewhat 'unique', and not representative of many others ;-) But I would simply say that over the dozen or more years that I've had a Code 0, no other single
sail has so often made the difference in being able to continue sailing thru some light stuff, or deciding it's time to start motoring...
And without question, no other sail comes close when it comes to the amount of potential horsepower it affords, relative to the space it occupies when stowed. An asymetrical with a sock can still be a fairly bulky item, but a Code 0 when wrapped tight on the furler
can be folded up into an amazingly compact and lightweight package...
Certainly, if I could only have one free-flying sail, it would still be an asymetrical spinnaker
... But having the Code 0 is a very worthy addition, and I'm surprised more cruisers sailing heavily-laden boats don't carry them, for those many times when the working white sails
just don't offer enough horsepower...