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Old 22-12-2015, 18:03   #16
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Re: Headsail set up options for a 30' sloop

I agree with what Chuck says at #13.

Upwind, a deeply furled genoa sail, is mostly a nuisance: the sail is too deep, to high, for far forward. BUT it can be used in heavy going downwind. The infinite steps between its 'reef points' are a great pro for heavy weather downwind.

Sails on hanks can become a disaster too. Think what you do if the halyard snags or jams. Similar nightmare when a furling sail stops furling (say you get a top swivel jam). Etc. Chose your (potential, hopefully) nightmares. ;-)

And what Chuck says about light winds is also so true: get best storm sails you can and store them in a cool and dry place. Then pull out you light weather kit (or else make sure your diesel tank is very deep).

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