A cow hitch or brummel spliced permanently attached sheet for the genoa will make the sail way easier to tack. Especially a brummel spliced sheet won't hang up on the staysail stay and shrouds like bowlines will.
We had a Yankee and maximum sized loose footed staysail, no boom, on our W32. That was the combination we ran with 75% of the time we were cruising. Had a 175 mile day, through the water
, with that combination on our boat and did over 180 miles in a day on two W32s we delivered from SF to Newport Beach
. Wish we'd had the Yankee on a furler as the few times I had to drop the Yankee because of too much wind, boat speed suffered badly. A partially furled sail would have kept us at hull speed
. The double headsail rig is more efficient than a single
headsail once you crack off a bit. The extra slot really helps. I experimented with a genoa staysail. Really helped light air but the sheet had to be moved around the forward lower shroud
asit was eased so sold it. Seriously thought ofdoing away with the forward lowers and adding a baby stay to make it more practical to use the genoa staysail as it worked so well pointing in light air.
I took the dacron Reacher/Drifter off my Morgan
35 for light air and was the sail we used for anything from a close reach with winds under force 5, Don't remember what the foot length was on that sail but probably 20' or so. It was high cut and sheeted it to the main boom for broad reaching. Opening up the slot by sheeting to the boom gave us a full knot
of extra speed.
A yankee has a larger sail area than the stock working jib
. The PO with that 100% jib/genoa probably never took that sail off. He'd just furl it as the windspeed increased. A real lazy man's headsail. FWIW, you can always partially furl the genoa when tacking to get it past the staysail stay. Oh, that's right, you ditched the furler. Could understand that if it was one of the old Hood
type. Had furler envy real bad when we had our W32 and love the ProFurl on our current