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Old 04-10-2008, 00:20   #16
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When the Pardey's say the genoa is not a cruising sail I think they are refering to the fact that, in the trades, many boats would be over-powered with a genny. But, there are a few boats that are not over-powered with a genny and the smaller boats with 3/4 rigs won't balance without one. Perry, for one, designed a few boat for the Seattle scene with fin keels and short rigs that can handle a genny in a stiff breeze. As with any sail choice, it depends on your boat.

Having said that, the genny is probably a bit over used and the Pardey statement should be taken as an admonission to power your boat appropriately for the conditions.
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They have written a lot of books and I would not be surprised if that is a point they make somewhere else. In this case they were speaking primarily to the mechanical wear-and-tear from, and added difficulty to, tacking.

I completely agree with them AND with your hypothesized point though. When I did my 23 hour run back from Capitola (remember I am new to all this) I did it with a 70% or so (first time without the 150) and it was so nice and easy to deal with...
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I completely agree with them AND with your hypothesized point though. When I did my 23 hour run back from Capitola (remember I am new to all this) I did it with a 70% or so (first time without the 150) and it was so nice and easy to deal with...
Once you are at hull speed you are a lot more comfortable if you reduce sail.

That's why we like the furler. Instant sail changes. We'll be at 80-100% upwind and 150% downwind.

We'll furl first starting around 15kts and then when we hit about 20 knots here we stick the first reef in the main to rebalance the helm.
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