Here goes. Since I started this thread it is time for me to put in my 2 cents.
A couple more assumptions:
1. This catamaran
has a bow sprit forward of the forestay
2. I did not buy a catamaran
to sail upwind. If my next destination
is within about 40 degrees of the wind
direction, I am going to Plan B. Plan B includes an alternate destination
, motoring, or waiting for a wind
change. Sailing in retirement
means that I will not be rushing my trip. My sail inventory is designed around sailing downwind primarily. If I can stay on one upwind tack at 50+ degrees to the wind then that's fine.
3. Since my sailing will be mostly within 35 degrees north or south latitude, I plan my sail inventory around 60% light wind, 30% normal wind, and 10% heavy.
4. I bought a boat with a mast
and sails to sail as much as possible.
being a primary concern, I would like to keep all sail handling chores in the cockpit
if possible. This seems especially important for a boat handled by 2 people where overnight passages are a common occurrence.
Aft of the mast
1. Dacron square top mainsail
with full battens and 3 reefs
. I will keep my lazy jacks, sail bag, and slab reefing. When the convenience of in mast or in boom furling
of the main outweigh the sacrifice of sail performance and reliability
then that will be considered. I am already looking for improved rigging
for reefing the main with pressure in the sail.
Forward of the mast:
This is where the options get a little crazy. Upwind, reaching, dead downwind, heavy wind, light wind; we didn't get into sailing because it was easy!! Fun and challenging, yes!
1. My first thought is to add a solent stay 24 inches or so abaft and parallel to the head
stay. The next decision is should this stay have a removable deck
attachment point which would eliminate the use of a furler
, however it would make the use of the genoa more friendly. I am assuming that the centerline fiberglass
portion of the bowsprit
on the FP Helia that runs below the trampoline is sturdy enough for a solent stay attachment point that has adequate backing.
2. Something I have always wondered about is "Why don't cruising catamarans ever carry a whisker pole or a spinnaker
pole?" Seems like an easy piece of equipment
to carry lashed to the lifeline stanchions and very useful for sailing dead down wind in heavy wind / seas with a poled out headsail.
3. On the forestay would be the standard 10 ounce furling
120% genoa. Adjustable lead cars for the genoa sheets
is one of my first upgrades.
4. On the solent stay, I imagine the ideal would be a full size non overlapping jib
made of Dacron that would be self tacking and on a furler. This sail would be the primary upwind sail in normal wind conditions therefore eliminating the need to tack the genoa when sailing upwind. The full solent jib
would be used in heavier weather
with the first reef in the main and then require a small amount of reefing when weather
dictates a second reef in the main. Working out the furling line leads to the solent stay furler is not something I have done yet.
5. Considering the time that will be spent in light winds, a gennaker
for light winds aft of the beam and Code 0 for light wind reaching seem like the appropriate choices to be flown from the bowsprit
I have heard many pros and a few nightmares about top down furlers, however I imagine putting both of these light air sails on a top down furler for 2 reasons. When reducing sail at night on overnight passages, I would like to roll up the gennaker
and leave it on the bowsprit to be deployed easily in the morning. Gennakers using an ATN sock need to be removed from the foredeck and stowed each night. Second, each of these sails can be furled from the cockpit
by the person on watch without leaving the cockpit.
Each of these sails would be on their own torque rope
and both would use the same furling device that would remain on the bowsprit along with the furling line leads. Having no experience with top down furlers, I do not know if this would allow for enough tension in the luff line of the Code 0 to provide proper sail shape.
This leaves sailing dead down wind:
1. Poled out headsail either solent jib or genoa alone
2. Double headsails.
3. Para-sailor. (depends on the budget)
OK, let me know your thoughts and my errors. What am I missing or wrongly assuming.
What sails would you carry on your catamaran circumnavigation