Originally Posted by speedoo
Actually, you might want to keep both your current
chute and the new asym. The symmetrical chute will be better deep downwind.
Having the "right" sail for every occasion is ideal. Have enough crew to change sails
frequently enough so that the right sail is flying at the right time is also ideal.
OP is space and crew limited. At this point my choice is to balance "perfect" sail against ease of handling without compromising safety
is handled by the ability to get a storm jib
up and I believe he said the main has 3 reefs
Ease of handling comes with getting rid of the pole and symmetrical chute.
I like MarkJ philosophy - it's not a race
. You may not be able to go as deep as you want with the asym but I know my boat goes better (VMG) at 170 or 190. You also don't have to spend as much time and care worrying about accidental gybes as the wind
shifts another ease of handling thing for a short crew.
The whisker pole is not for "brisk air." It's for crap air when you are bobbing along at 1 1/2 knots and bored and you think farting around with the whisker pole to stick the genny out will get you that next 1/2 knot
- LOL. It's a boredom reliever...