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Old 10-09-2011, 20:39   #1
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Gennaker How High?

Generally speaking what are considered practical wind angles for gennaker? Can you get up to a close reach?

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Re: Gennaker How High?

Sure you could close reach, but you'll probably make too much leeway to make it worth the effort. Broad reaching almost to the point of running is the best point of sailing for me with a gennaker, for close reaching I turtle it and hoist a genny.

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Re: Gennaker How High?

Entirely depends on how it is cut. How flat and how blown out. An full (or ugly) one may not beam reach as well as a genoa. A good reacher might get up the 50 or 60 degrees AWA.
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Re: Gennaker How High?

All depends on the cut.

e.g. Doyle makes two sails that are used like this:

Doyle Sailmakers: Asymmetric Power Cruiser
Doyle Sailmakers: Utility Power Sail

We have the UPS and it seems to work very well, in light winds from 60 degrees to about 150 degrees. If it is windy, we have to sail at least 120 degrees or else we get overpowered.

So, all depend on your sails' cut.

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