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Old 07-11-2012, 13:24   #1
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Multi Purpose Genoa

Hi all,

I'm experimenting with a Hood MPG, a lightweight furling reacher on a wire luff furler. It came with our Bowman 40.

The sail luff length is such that I cannot tension the luff, it is really floppy at full raise. Is this how MPGs are meant to be flown?


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Old 07-11-2012, 22:33   #2
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Re: Multi Purpose Genoa

My North Code 0 is a 2.5 ounce reaching sail on it's own furler and has a pair of 1/2" internal kevlar luff ropes. We've had the sail 12 years and have used in extensively both inshore and offshore.

The single most important part of setting the sail is getting enough luff tension. It has to be be very tight for effective reaching above 75 degrees apparent. The North sailmaker who custom designed the sail for our boat told me when I asked about luff tension ' "you can not put too much tension into the luff - your winches (Lewmar 44s) are not big enough" he sailed with us a few times and always put in more luff tension that I would.
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