I have several questions about the boat, especially her rig & sails
, if you'd be so kind. And yeah, they may sound a bit OCD, but sails are what make a boat go :-)
Firstly, does this boat have the tall rig (I = 54"), or the shorter rig (I = 51')? And how does she do once the breeze goes south of 10kts?
Plus, part of that question would entail; how roachy is the main; way extended, or of a more standard cut?
Also, to aide in answering this, I'm looking for a response, based on when she's not flying a headsail much bigger than 135%.
I ask the above, as I know that in light air it helps to have as much sail area as one can get. Especially as I'm kind of used to doing close to wind
speed until both wind, & boat speed get close to 0.00 on the gauges (yeah, I've raced a bit - But, hey, it's helped to keep Cheerios on the table).
So these boats, for their size, have relatively small mainsails (thanks to the racing
rules, sail area "taxation rates" of their day). But, being free of such encumbrances now, if one were to add, say 2-3'+/- to the boom/"E" dimension of the main (in order to add some sail area). Do you think that doing this would wind up creating a bad case of weather helm
Not in light air, but rather, in the mid ranges. Like from say, AWA = 10kts, up into the high teens, wind wise?
Obviously one can tune out some poor helming characteristics via the various sail controls, through reefing, & or by the other usual methods. But... I'm curious as to firsthand thoughts on her response to various ways of adding light air HP.
And might I ask, what were the reasons behind getting a new boom? More features, like extra sheaves @ the clew end for more reefing options? Extra jammers/clutches @ the gooseneck? Other, "Gucci" features? A stiffer section in general? Or "D, none of the above"?
Also, I'm curious as to what's in your sail "quiver" (inventory), & of them, what gets used the most, & why? Main, & primary jib
aside that is. Plus, what sails would you abhor not having onboard. And the flip side. Money
& space not being an issue, what would you add in terms of sails?
Ah, & I almost forgot. What are your thoughts on the quality, wear rate/longevity, & detail work
built into the sails which you have now?
I hope that I haven't melted your brain(s) with my slew of questions. It's just tough not to be REAL curious about such a pretty, & seemingly well performing boat. Thus my curiosity to know more, prior to possibly calling about seeing her.
PS: How far up the main, specifically, are the various reef points that you have? And if you could do it again, would you change them, or much in general about your main?