It's time for me to plan for new sail wardrobe before going on my round-the-world trip.
My current sails
are from PO, most of them are already 20 years old. The mainsail
is still in good shape, probably because of thick Dacron and full battens.
Lenght of hull
- 11.9m (39 ft)
Beam - 3.85 m (12.6 ft)
line - 9.2m (30 ft) - I think a bit more
- 2 m (6.3 ft)
- 9000 kg
I - 14.4 m (49 ft)
J - 4.7 m (15.5 ft)
P - 13.2 m (43 ft)
E - 3.9 m (13 ft)
Currently, I have those sails
(size not confirmed):
- full battened, 3 reefs
, 28 m² (300 ft²)
on roller- approx 140%, 50 m² (540 ft²)
Hanked on blade jib
on inner forestay, can be set as self tacking, 95%, approx 28 m² (300 ft²)
: 18 m² (190 ft²)
- 90 m²
I plan to sail offshore
shorthanded most of the time and singlehanded sometimes. I need to be sure my GF can do sail changes in the middle of the night when it blows.
I have problems:
- it is very big, a bit baggy, and very hard to grind (Lewmar 46) if going to the wind
- heavy bag to drag to foredeck, put the inner forestay, hank it.
I have some ideas:
Have inner forestay further aft with Jib on roller furler
. - then I use either Genoa for lighter winds and Jib for stronger winds and for tacking in channel
Convert to Cutter
rig - then the sail area is reduced - should be easier to furl them and grinding will be easier. - but what is the recommended distance between the fore stay and staysail stay? What is the recommended staysail area?
I have calculated that for staysail - I will be 10.3m (34 ft) and J will be 3.2 m (10.5 ft) and the sail area will probably be 13 m²
- is this enough for 40 ft boat
I also plan to buy Code 0 on a furler
in any case. What should be the distance between Genoa furler
and Code 0 furler near mast head
What would be your advices?
What sail size / area are optimal for 40 ft offshore
boat rigged as cutter
I am attaching photos of the boat, mast
and some current
sail calculations I did.