Our Caliber 40 has a lot of storage
and I am an ex-racer so I overdid our sail inventory:
Factory delivered Doyle offshore
Factory delivered 125 sq foot hankon staysail
Pryde Asymetrical Spinnaker
big, full battened, heavy duty 7.5 ounce Spectra main
120% 7.5 ounce Spectra RF genoa
165% 2.5 oz RF code 0 / drifter
175 sq foot 110% hankon staysail
85 sq foot hank on staysail storm sail
9.8 oz trysail
We used to also carry a lighter 135% genoa but sold it to a boat that lost
their genoa when it unfurled in a hurricane
and tore itself apart. We were many hundreds of miles from the closest marina and they needed a sail. I regret parting with it - there are many times I wish I had something heavier than the 2.5 oz drifter and lighter than the 7.5 oz Spectra 120% genoa.
We've sailed our Caliber 40 from Seattle
to San Diego
twice and San Diego
to Cabo San Lucas once
- 50% of the time we have a mainsail and poled out drifter up
- 10% of the time we have a mainsail and Spinnaker
- 20% of the time we have a reefed mainsail and poled out genoa
- 20% of the time we have a reefed mainsail and reefed genoa
We then spent three years cruising back and forth from the north Sea of Cortez
- 60% of the time we have a mainsail and drifter up
- 20% of the time we have a mainsail and Spinnaker
- 15% of the time we have a reefed mainsail and genoa
- 5% of the time we have a reefed mainsail and reefed genoa
We have not had to use the staysails or trysail in the last 13 years of cruising.
We sail downwind whenever possible! We change our destination
if it is upwind. We don't really care where we end up at the end of trip - we do care that we don't sail uphill! In 5 years and 6,000 miles from Seattle
to Zihuatenejo and way back north into the Sea of Cortez
and back south again...etc we had less than 20 hours of upwind sailing.
Sailing in the Salish Sea (Olympia Washington
to north of the Canadian Gulf Island) for 10 years we did a lot of upwind sailing and really made good use of the RF genoa and big staysail.
I've sailed from Seattle to San Diego twice in boats other than mine (Tartan 42 and Roberts 68).
Almost all the sailing was with reefed main and poled out genoa or spinnaker. About 20% of the time we were reaching with full big genoas and main. About 5% of the time we had reefed mains and reefed genoas.
The Tartan that I sailed from Seattle to Bara de Navidad and back to San Diego carried a big main, a 150% light genoa, 125% genoa, a 110% heavy jib, a big spinnaker and a storm spinnaker. We used all those sails on occasion between Seattle and Puerto Vallarta
The best cruising boat I ever sailed was a highly customized Abel Apogee extended to 53' that weighed 33,000 pounds in cruising trim and had an extra tall carbon fiber mast
. It had been sailed from New Zealand
, down to Annapolis
, and I took it non-stop to Virgin Gorda.
It had a big main, RF 135% genoa, a big spinnaker, trysail, and 100% genoa. We only used the main, genoa, and spinnaker despite 35 knots and 20 foot seas for three days.