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Old 05-09-2015, 04:41   #16
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Re: Headsail versus Mainsail

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Yeah, but this is a cruising forum. Look, there is no question that a Marconi rig will be the better option racing around the cans on triangle courses, and the aft mast will not point the cat quite as high as the big roachy main.....but so what?

The aft mast boat that I've sailed performed very well upwind and down, and the benefits of the aft mast rig with double headsail furlers far,far outweigh a few degrees of pointing ability, IMO.


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Old 05-09-2015, 11:35   #17
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Re: Headsail versus Mainsail

Bigbeakie,


Totally agree. Performance vs. ease of use is often a compromise.


That's why a wrote that the right rig (in my opinion) for the L39 would be an in-mast furling main. Best rig for what its been designed to do well.
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Sail IC,

Yeah, but this is a cruising forum. Look, there is no question that a Marconi rig will be the better option racing around the cans on triangle courses, and the aft mast will not point the cat quite as high as the big roachy main.....but so what?

The aft mast boat that I've sailed performed very well upwind and down, and the benefits of the aft mast rig with double headsail furlers far,far outweigh a few degrees of pointing ability, IMO.


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Excuse my ignorance but when you suggest double head furlers could you be a bit more specific as to what types i.e roller and top etc. you would suggest?
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Excuse my ignorance but when you suggest double head furlers could you be a bit more specific as to what types i.e roller and top etc. you would suggest?
Aft mast, double head furlers? How about a Prout 45 like this:

The Catamaran Centre - Products: Prout 45
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Re: Headsail versus Mainsail

Bigger sail produces more force. Physics
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Re: Headsail versus Mainsail

I don't buy the argument that you have to have a small or non-overlapping headsail to point high. 12 meter sailboats had huge overlapping headsails and their tacking ange was something like 60 - 65 degrees, that's 30 - 33 degrees off the wind.
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