We have had a big Code 0 / Gennaker aboard Mirador during all of long cruising trips including a sail from Seattle
to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
and another sail from Seattle
to San Diego
(2000 thru 2010). North Sails
in Seattle custom built the sail for us in 2000. At that time the had built two other cruising gennakers that had been used on 40ish cruising boats that had sailed from Seattle to the South Pacific
We use the sail much of the time and is the most common sail to be found on the bow in most of our downwind or off the wind sailing.
It is most useful from about 60 degrees to 140 degrees apparent in apparent winds of 5 to 13 knots.
I would not want to sail the US West Coast
and Western Mexico
without a Gennaker.
You can read all about our Gennaker and see a lot of pictures at :
We also have an even bigger Asymmetrical Spinnaker that we use quite a bit in our cruising. It provides even more power in even less wind. Additionally, the AsymSpin can be carried at very deep angles in much more wind. We have carried the chute almost DDW in over 20 knots apparent on many occasions.
If I were going to purchase
one sail it would be the Gennaker/Code 0. We use it about twice as often as we do the Spinnaker.
North Sails in Seattle spent a lot of time with us in 1999 designing a suite of sails to take us on our long distance cruise
to commence in fall 2000. I was very concerned about safe and efficient upwind sailing in our Caliber 40 cutter
which is not real good at pointing in higher winds. We also knew that most of our real cruising would be off the wind in lighter conditions. We decided on the following:
- 120% RF genoa
built from 7 oz Spectra & can be usefully furled to 90%
- 110% overlapping staysail (175 sq feet)
- smaller staysail (125 sq feet)
- storm jib
(80 sq feet)
- Code 0 2.5 oz nylon 550 sq feet
- Asymmetrical Spinnaker 2 oz nylon 1100 sq feet
- 13' - 25' spinnaker pole
- oversized 7.5oz Spectra fully battened mainsail
(13" longer foot & 15" more roach)
- first reef point on main lowers head
- 2nd reef takes another 6' out of main
- trysail on dedicated track