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Old 05-03-2014, 02:20   #1
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Parasailor or Twizzle Rig for Tradewinds Transat?

There is still a small chance I might be able to break away next fall for a little crossing to the Caribbean, and I'm thinking through what I would need to do to my boat to do it.

I have no downwind sails, which has long been a hole in my sail inventory. I did install a track on my mast for a spin pole.

So for that long downwind leg in the trades, what's the best solution? I have read much good about the Twizzle rig, but recently I have been reading more and more negative comments. I once considered a Parasailor, but was horrified at the cost. But now I see that they come up on the market used from time to time -- maybe I could think again about it.

And I guess I'm going to need something like a Code 0 in any case.

What do you guys think?
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Re: Parasailor or Twizzle Rig for Tradewinds Transat?

Twizzle sounds interesting if you're constantly in the trades but poled out genny and prevented main wing on wing did me fine for a good few thousand miles. If a twizzle calms down the rolling a bit then it's worth thinking about, both sails on the same roller refine so easy to get rid of If a nasty squall comes over. But then again for us lower end of the budget sailors having a main out means a bucket or two of fresh clean water every time a squall comes over... All a compromise

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Re: Parasailor or Twizzle Rig for Tradewinds Transat?

Also consider the Simbo rig... twin genoas with main up also.
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