My boat has a masthead rig and I have been shopping
for a used mainsail
. I've found plenty of mains with the correct dimensions from a boat that has a fractional rig but I haven't been able to find mains from a masthead boat with the correct dimensions. I've avoided the fractional mains since the shape of the sail will be different and incorrect for my boat. As I get nearer to the time when I'll need a main sail though it's looking like my options will be to have a new main made or to buy one of these fractional mains and adapt it.
My boat is a Pearson
28-1 and the main has a luff of 32' and foot of 11'. The mains with these dimensions that I have seen pop up with frequency are from Etchells 22 sailboats. I've got a sewing machine
capable of sail work, and some sewing experience along with an interest in learning
sail repair and maintenance
Can anyone shed light on how well, or poorly an etchells 22 main would work on my boat and how difficult/major the adjustments would be? Most of them do not have reef points so that is one alteration that I would need to make. They are also typically a bit lighter than I'd prefer but there are some that would be heavy enough for a few years of coastal cruising I would think.
Also, I have not sailed this boat yet so like the idea of getting a decent main on it with minimal investment so that I can get a feel for the boat before investing in having a sail made. It seems like I could buy one of these etchells 22 mains for $100 to $400 dollars pretty easily. At that price
I won't be worried about ruining the sail as I attempt adjustments and use this sail as a learning
tool as long as the adjustment process isn't too time consuming and difficult.
Opinions on what you would do are welcome, but experience on the differences between these sails
and adjustments that would be needed would be most appreciated.