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Old 15-03-2015, 12:25   #1
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450 lagoon

Happen to like the fly bridge except worried about having to access sail if hung up in the stack pack. also what would be the best sail choices for cruising Bahamas and Caribbean?
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Old 15-03-2015, 18:06   #2
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Re: 450 lagoon

As for sail choices, for a typical production cat of the big three (Lagoon, Leopard, FP), all you really need is a main and jib/genoa for starters - depending on your level of experience and your sailing style. Next in line would be additional headsails for light wind close reaching to broad reaching and for deep downwind in light to moderate winds. Some of these extras will require extra hardware. If you're buying a used boat, it is what it is. If you're buying a new boat you get some latitude to start out with hardware that you need. For example, if you know you want to have a reacher/screecher/code 0 type of headsail and a sym spi, it would be smart to spec the right halyards in a new mast. Most production cats probably come equipped with a spi halyard but may not have a separate reacher halyard (and it may not be a 2:1 halyard which is beneficial for some furling systems).

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Old 15-03-2015, 20:24   #3
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Cruising the Bahamas and Caribben you won't get many opportunities to fly light air sails. Maybe on a run from St. Martin to the Virgin Islands, but otherwise you're usually heading into the wind (thorny path) or north/south Leewards to Windwards. Having a big 120% genoa gets the job done most of the time. The only problem with cats is that the genoa sheets are run on top of the cabin roof. This means if the wind is directly astern the wind does get behind the clew at times. I've found this can be improved by having a preventer / barber line that you can attach to the clew and tie off on the mid ship cleat. The extra 3-4' that this pulls the clew out provides a significant improvement. It also improves a wing on wing arrangement if you so need.
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Old 16-03-2015, 08:52   #4
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Cruising the Bahamas and Caribben you won't get many opportunities to fly light air sails.
Roger that. Like on this day, a light air sail would have been useless.
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