I'm looking at used 440's and several have a "Short ICW" mast
. I live on the East Coast
of the U.S. and have mostly traveled between Maine
including the Bahamas
. Would like to venture farther!!! ICW
access would be nice but not mandatory.
I was wondering if someone could chime in with information on performance between the "Tall" mast
and the "Short ICW" mast. There seems to be a sail area reduction of approximately 20% for the short mast. How does this translate in speed difference? Is the short mast 20% slower. Shorter mast also limits size of Genoa
. I'm also assuming that in heavy winds the small sail plan would not lose much as you'd just reef later than sooner, so it's only a light wind
Any input would be appreciated!