Originally Posted by cburger
Boat is a traditional cutter
with a 9' bowsprit
, headsails are all hanks no furlers here, so yes the Yankee is doused first.
Love that picture!
My first and last boat is a cutter, very much like a W32 but without the high price
as its ferro
. I had sailed many smaller borrowed boats up till the purchase
of this one and knowing nothing about cutters, I simply took it out daily in the Bay to practice sail set ups.
I am lucky that it blows here 20-30 knots nearly every day. I have sailed her with every bit of cloth up, main only, staysail on tacking boom, staysail on no boom, staysail only, 120 Yankee only, 140 Yankee (could be a Genny?). I have reefed her to the three's and of course bare poled.
Nothing felt as good as triple reefed main with staysail in 35 knots plus. 6.2 knots and as easy to helm
as they come. The boat felt so right...
When I finally went across the bar and out to sea for a shakedown in heavy swell, the same sail plan worked extremely well in 25 knots plus with 15' seas following. However...when the wind
started touching 45 knots, I handed the main and left only the staysail up. The self tacking boom is on a funky pad eye/block set up but not having to go forward for any reason while tacking back to the bar was very nice. I had good steerage and though heeled hard and humming, the boat was stable and easy to handle and point. I looked into getting storm sails
but I know I wouldn't find myself out in anything blowing harder than that two days at sea and what I have held up just fine.
left over for cruising.
When I finally read up on cutters and sail balance, it reinforced what I had learned from the trials with small variations.
No doubt that all cutters respond differently but its only through trial and error that you can learn what is right for your boat.
All forward sails
are hanks and I built up a simple but very effective safety
harness when I have to go forward to douse as I always sail single
handed. I don't think what applies to one cutter applies to them all, trial and error will sort it out for you.