Originally Posted by Gludy
So it does seem a good option to have if you can afford the extra cost. Are there any downsides besides cost?
A few - a screecher needs to be flown off a pole - which extends your overall length in marinas
etc, and most have stays that are attached to padeyes low down near the water
line which is a little invitation to damage (having said that I cant actually recall
anyone having the problem - but none the less it is an issue.)
You really cant get any closer to the breeze than 60 degrees in the best of screechers. They are not like a jib or genoa or any other fixed luff headsail, they are a soft luff sail - ie they arent supported on a forestay and thus you need to be thoughtful about where and when you rolll them up, they cant be reefed, only furled.
Good things, but a high quality genoa and a good working jib and a fully battened main with a bit of roach should be your first preferences in my humble opinion.
Can you have the mainsail, the genoa and the screecher up at the same time?
You could but you gain nothing and indeed it probably costs performance
Sorry for the simple questions but there are lots of such things assumed when you are reading books etc
Hey all we can do is offer our limited opinions.
a key here is to talk to an experienced multihull sailmaker
, get advice off a guy/gal that builds sails for multis. They are different, the loads are higher etc. And a good multi sailmaker
will probably know what works well on your particular multi.