Just looking for help understanding something with my rig - maybe I need a crystal ball to look into the past, but thought I'd give it a go here anyhow.
We have acquired this old boat and have returned from a week aboard, maybe 10 hours actually sailing this boat so far, so excuse my ignorance if it seems I'm not so knowledgeable on my own boat!
The boat came equipped with an ancient CDI roller furling mainsail
arrangement that makes setting the main really easy. The boat also came with a photo
album from 1978 of the construction of the boat, including many pictures of the boat sailing with her original mainsail
(no CDI roller furling
In the photos of the boat sailing without roller mainsail furling
the clew of the sail extends to the end of the boom as I'd expect, the mainsail seems appropriately sized for the boat. In the photo
I've attached, the main is fully set and the clew of the mainsail falls quite short of the end of the boom, the mainsail seems undersized.
The previous owner has no answers for us, and the boat seems to sail comfortably up to 15 knots of wind
is hydraulic, so I'm afraid I have no real experience with determining if there is weather
or lee helm
(came from 24' boat with tiller).
My original thoughts were to remove the CDI roller furling and go with a traditional setup with lazy-jacks. After using this furler
, I'm very surprised how well it works, and I'm considering using it.
(s) - any ideas as to why the sail would be undersized? I can't imagine why it would be undersized given how easy it is to furl. It appears that it was made for the furling unit, not adapted from a traditional setup (no batten pockets). Would this be normal procedure for roller mainsail furling for some reason?
Any insight, comments, suggestions with respect to this are welcome.