Perhaps I should have mentioned that our first trip will be down
the west coast
from WA to MX. Thus my questions lean toward downwind sailing.
Since our boat is a bit "chubby" she needs a goodly amount of wind to get going. And to be totally honest we've done entirely too much motoring and I'm sick of it!
We have looked into full battens, but the cost of converting to external slides isn't in the budget
. When I asked about 8.5oz cloth, several sailmakers have cautioned me about going too heavy with the mainsail
cloth saying that the sail wont perform well in light air. At the same time, I like to be able to carry the reefed main in heavy air rather than having to purchase
a trisail and all of it's hardware.
We've sailed in 0-45knots. Most of our sailing is in 10-15knots. The boat is pretty stiff, and heaves-to with reefed main and some staysail (we do carry a parachute anchor
and are prepared to deploy it, but never have had to). Upwind performance is okay, downwind it's dismal in light air.
The boat came with an adjustable pole and mast
track that will work beautifully with either a genny or a spinnaker. We will
be carrying the yankee along with the larger headsail.
I appreciate the input everybody! Thanks again.