I just found this old thread. I want a new main and headsail + light air sail for my hunter
40.5. (bluewater cruising)
I have been talking to Dave from Island Planet (who is very helpful and who I recommended). Dave has been telling me the benefits of the code zero
, one of which is the problem of reefing a large overlapping genoa
. A partially rolled up genoa
has a terrible shape and you are better off with a smaller one when the wind pipes up, we all know that. You will be very happy if you have a say 105% head
sail when it gets blowy out there. But you will not be happy with the small headsail in light wind. This is where the code zero
steps in. It can even sail upwind to 45-50% so can be used upwind in light air, and best of all you will actually use it since its so easy to get into action on the soft furler
The cruising code zero seems to have a winder range of sailing angles that the racing
version made to satisfy racing rules. It wont sail as high but will sail a lot lower. So I have to make a decision on what size sails
to get and if the code zero is worth it.
My other issue is what happens to the code zero on its soft furler
when not in use. Does it stay up all the time? Seems the stiff luff rope
would not lend itself well to storage
Also my boat is fractionally rigged but has a fairly tall rig for a cruiser however the rig is fractional so the max hoist is not really that big since the spin halyard
comes out just above the forestay. But comparing to other prod boats, the max hoist for the spinnaker
is actually comparable to 42 foot mast head
versions of Beneteaus etc. So I guess the size of the sail would be quite large still.
Or should I just get a normal asymmetrical and slightly bigger headsail?