I am expecting to cruise
in a tropical area with a 43' catamaran
- the central Philippines
- likely the interior
islands without venturing into the Pacific Ocean
or the South China
Sea. Winds tend to be relatively light. Since I am mainly interested in sailing around each of the large islands - Negros, Cebu, Panay, Bohol, etc. - I hope to be able to use the thermal effect caused by the island that produces an onshore breeze in order to sail along the coastline. I am curious as to what might be the best head
sail for reaching in light wind
and/or the most cost effective. There seem to be a bewildering array of possible sails
with really strange names:
1) a 'drifter'
2) a cruising 'chute'
3) an asymmetrical 'chute' – blooper?
4) a 'Code Zero'
5) a 'blast reacher'
6) a spinnaker
7) a genaker
8) a 'multi purpose radial head
9) screecher / screacher
11) something I don't know
The boat is currently going to be rigged with: 1) a large genoa
on a center line stay with the bottom attached to an inverted 'Y' arrangement; 2) a half height jib
; 3) the head sail as above; and 4) possibly a small, loose foot main. The mast
is about 42' high above the salon