Joli, thanks for the reply and comparison pic! the lazy cradle
is definitely on the list as well - but tell me, why use spectra for this? As for sails
, unfortunately i have had only limited time with this boat on the water
so its a bit of a guessing game
and trying to assimilate information from various sources. In terms of shape she is similar to a swan 51 or 53 with rig dimensions almost the same as the 51 - just not as heavy. in terms of stiffness - she carries a fair amount of form stability with the wide beam, you can feel her loading up as she leans over but i wouldnt describe her as overly stiff or tender
All the sailmakers suggest she will be underpowered more of the time with a three and especialy reaching, no doubt however the three would be an easier sail to tack short handed (J=19.7', I=68') and would make a better upwind sail shape in any breeze: the number two is harder to sheet flat as the shrouds limit this.
Im in contact with the skipper
of a sistership who sails in holland
, they go from the No.1 to the No.3 at about 14kn apparent which is good then up to about 25kn when they go to the No.4.
I admit i am leaning towards the No.3 as the 'one headsail' for most conditions, in the end if is is very light there is always the option of hoisting something else from the warchest.