For those of you who are adverse to looking at stuff on Facebook, I've pasted in our article on cruising code zero's below.
The Cruising Code Zero concept
by Island Planet Sails on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 10:22am
The Code Zero was originally developed as a "rule-beater" racing
sail. As cruisers we could care less about ratings and rules. What we want is a sail that is effective in light air, versatile, and most importantly easy to handle. We're not on fully crewed race
boats and most of us don't have room to store a bunch of sails. Many of our customers want a single
sail solution for light air sailing and we totally understand that. If we added any more sails to our boat we wouldn't have room for scuba tanks
, folding bikes, and our other toys.
Our Crusing Code Zero can be used as close to 45 or 50 degrees apparent and is extremely effective to a bit below a beam reach. For sailing deeper angles you ease the tack line which allows the sail to rotate and provide decent downwind performance. I look at a cruising code zero as a Swiss army knife. The traditional assymetrical cruising spinnaker
is a bit more powerful on a reach but can't be carried as close to the wind
as the code zero. The cruising spinnaker
usually starts becoming usable around 60 degree apparent and does not perform well sailing deep downwind angles.
The best tool we've found for managing light air sails is a foil-less furler. Our next favorite method is the ATN sock however the foil-less furler can be set up to be operated from the cockpit
and even if operated from deck
is much easier to work with. Foil-less furlers can work with practically any assymetrical light air sail.
On an average cruising boat the combination of a cruising code zero and foil-less furler is about 25% more money than a cruising spinnaker and sock.
If you're not familiar with foil-less furlers, here's some information that may be useful. You may need to cut and paste these links into another browser window.
Gennaker & code 0 furlers - Facnor
We use the continuous line version Endless line gennaker & code zero furlers - Facnor
The most popular size furler we sell is the FX-2500
Check out the video clip in lower left - Asymmetric spinnaker furlers