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Old 31-08-2010, 17:15   #1
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Too Many Sails . . .

finaly got my boat yesterday, I want to keep it simple like a main sail, a jib and a storm jib.

can I ditch the spinaker and genoa? or is this a bad idea?

I am in no rush and have no plans to race, I just want the space for other things.
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Old 31-08-2010, 17:18   #2
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Is your boat a sloop, cutter, or ketch? Do you have an inner forestay? Is your jib hanked on, or on a roller?
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What is the boat? Even for cruising, both the genoa and spinnaker are useful for when the wind is light or when you are sailing downwind for a long time.

Slow is dull, IMO.

So I would not "ditch" either one, but maybe you could remove them from the boat for another storage location?
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If I only sailed single-handed, I'd get rid of the spinnaker but keep the genoa.
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Old 31-08-2010, 17:34   #5
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a hinterhoeller 28

she will be a livaboard and travel partner for future asian (moluccan sea)voyage
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Is your boat a sloop, cutter, or ketch? Do you have an inner forestay? Is your jib hanked on, or on a roller?

no inner forestay and no roller yet.
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Nice boat! Looks seaworthy, as expected for the designer.

Will you be singlehanding? And how many reefs in your main?
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2 reefs in the main!

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OK, so as a singlehander, you want to minimize your headsail changes but still have the range to keep the boat moving in light air and also be able to use the storm jib when necessary.

One thing you might consider is to add both a roller furler on the headstay and a removable inner stay that you can use for the storm jib. Then, if the genoa is in good shape, you could have it modified for the furler, and make sure it can be reefed with the furler. That way you could ditch the jib, and with the genoa on the furler you don't need any room below to stow it.

I'd personally keep the spinnaker for downwind in light air, but I understand most singlehanders would not.
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good advice will check this out.

I really wish the poles would go

the boat is packed with sails
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Old 31-08-2010, 18:19   #11
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finaly got my boat yesterday, I want to keep it simple like a main sail, a jib and a storm jib.

can I ditch the spinaker and genoa? or is this a bad idea?
Sail your boat for a year, get to know it and how it performs in light and heavy conditions. When you feel you know your boat ask yourself this question again, not us, we don't know how you sail or if you want to spend light air days drifting without a spinnaker.
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good advice will check this out.

I really wish the poles would go

the boat is packed with sails
Keep a pole so you can wing-out the jib when the wind is from the stern.
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Poles can be mounted on deck with brackets... ours runs sorta under the lifelines and isn't a bother...
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Sail your boat for a year, get to know it and how it performs in light and heavy conditions. When you feel you know your boat ask yourself this question again, not us, we don't know how you sail or if you want to spend light air days drifting without a spinnaker.
Yeah.

Went thru the same thing when I got my boat. Many people do. It's a great way to aquire stuff that newbies don't know they will wish thay had not gotten rid of.

I'm saying that the guy on the corner yacht surplus was so glad to see me come in with arm loads of "debris". I spent way too much money replacing some of that stuff later.
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You can learn to sail with more sails better than you can now. I wouldn't make that decision just yet. Get some time on the water in various condition. She seems to be a good solid boat and the extra sails had a purpose to someone. Store them ashore for a bit and see how you do. If you can make the money work the roller furler is a good choice to make. Making changes as weather gets worse is always the problem. But light winds are also more common. Both case need sail changes as they go from one to the other. Have all four checked out and brought into good condition. Even if you sell them you'll get more money.
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