I am contemplating installing an asymetrical spinnacker on my Catalina 36
MKII. The sail will not be used for racing
and will be on a top-down furler
. Most of my sailing will be around Victoria, BC and I was looking for a sail that is comfortable to run up to 12 knts apparent. Most of my sailing is single
My local sail maker quoted on a 1050 sq ft sail using .75 oz material. All the sails
of that size that are normally advertised on the internet
are 1.5 oz material. My sail maker tells me that 1.5 oz material is likely too heavy for the light air that we frequently have here and will require close to 10 knts to fly properly. The majority of conditions I sail in will be from 5 knt to 12 knt and the .75 oz material is supposedly good to 20 knts.
I have never flown a spinnacker and have no idea what weight cloth would be appropriate. I am also a bit concerned about .75 oz material being fragile - running single
handed and having never flown a spinnacker, I am likely to make mistakes
Lastly, my sail maker says that 1.5 oz is appropriate for an off shore boat but most of my sailing will be coastal with occasional jaunts out into the Straight of Juan de Fuca.
Oh, I would be using a Selden GX15 furler
and an 87 mm Selden retractable bow spirit.
Any input on this matter would be greatly appreciated!