Originally Posted by mark rocco mont
So i went to ASA
over the summer, read and watched many DVD's and books
...just bought a 22ft Catalina
... .went out on the boat twice with the person i bought her from who has showed me a thing or three...he has a captain license
... question. If i were to sail with just one sail which would it be ..the main or the jib ?
just until i feel comfortable...thank you all in advance mark rocco
If you were to sail with just one sail AND wanted to be able to control your boat it would be the mainsail
This applies to all sloop
If the wind
is up, you cannot point into the wind
with the jib
alone and you could get blown ashore
This is a simple fact.
It doesn't matter if 3 people disagree with me or 300 nice people with great cruising skills disagree. It's still a fact
It's the reason when they do build a boat with just one sail it has a main.
If you don't muddy the waters buy talking mast
position fore and aft etc, it's quite easy to see why the main is the sail.
When you sheet in the jib, the bow is blown off the wind.
Ease the jib, and sheet in the main, the bow turns into the wind
I'm not sure why others are having trouble with this. Maybe I wasn't polite enough explaining it.
Back when we first started this debate the scene I witnessed below actually happened. It should help those having trouble understanding that the main is the sail to have on a sloop
rigged boat if you had to chose either main or jib
Example, shortly after this discussion, I sailed out on a brisk fall day. The wind was maybe 17 knots plus (N-NNE) with good size waves having built up coming down the bay directly into the mouth of the creek
I shut the motor
down early and sailed out which took forever because the tide was coming in fast also.
In the mean time, these 4 other guys on their Columbia
26 motored out. We waved and were happy to be going out.
When they got out while they were getting knocked around by the waves they raised their jib and took off! Problem was they started getting blown back toward land. They had already gotten passed the port jetty but now were being blown toward some other rocks. Their heading was maybe WSW by that time.
I'm sailing with both main and jib on a heading of about NW without a problem. I set the autopilot
then had to climb back and get the engine
raised and tied up. It's an outboard
thing and part of the process on a $2,000.00 boat.
All this time I was watching them in case they wanted help. Finally they lower sail and motored back out in the bay a bit to get round the jetty and back in they went.
Had they raised the main alone they could have made progress into the wind but it would have been slower that main and jib
If they didn't have an engine
, their boat would have been on the beach or in the rocks because like some others on here, they didn't know which sail to use if they were only going to use one sail in that situation.
At the least, they could have motor
sailed into the wind with the main, but they tried that with the jib and continued to get blown off their heading.
If you cannot understand this point now, there is nothing else I can say to make you understand.
Maybe buy and race
a beach cat?!