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Old 14-09-2008, 09:44   #61
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Only thing I would have against it, is the apparent need for a spinnaker pole. That restricts the ability to operate short handed.
Only needed on a monohull.
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Old 14-09-2008, 09:51   #62
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I think its a 44 but cannot be sure.

If you have to pole - then its out as a choice for me.

I am surprised there would be a need to pole from a 26 foot wide cat but not from the mono hull???
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Old 14-09-2008, 10:00   #63
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If you have a prodder/bow sprit on your SF50 you would not need a pole.
Monos only really need poles because they don't have the beam.
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Old 14-09-2008, 10:15   #64
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Only thing I would have against it, is the apparent need for a spinnaker pole. That restricts the ability to operate short handed.

Not on a cat, just use like a normal gennaker/spinnaker.

I must say, I don't see a big advantage for these sails on a cat, on a mono where downwind rolling can be an issue, then I'm sure they are great.

If you want to be able to use a gennaker round the clock, and in stronger winds, then just specify your requirements to the sailmaker, and make sure the rig can handle the load.

Probably cheaper to have a big, lightweight genny, and a medium sized one in thicker material.

The so called "lift to the bows" was not openly evident in the videos. In fact when sailing downwind, you don't necessarily want the bows lifted, you want the transoms out of the water for minimum drag.
The wind speed is higher the higher we are up, this means that the static pressure will be lower, so there will always be an "up-flow" anyway.

I would need to try one in the same session as a traditional genny, before paying alot more money...

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