Thank to both of you for the ideas.
SG, you're right about the Niagra, its very comfortable cruiser. I have the classic
plan, the one without a v-berth. But it has loads of storage
and a workbench in that forward compartment. I love it.
You're comments about the Genoa on the solent are exactly that I've been thinking too. I don't like the idea. And Capt Lar may be right, it may just be the old original Genoa. I'd rather put the 100% Jib on the solent I need it. I do worry about the windage you mention Capt Lar, but still think it's the best way to go. But I'm going to play with reefing that main first in December...to find the balance.
SG, to answer your question about reefing, the Niagra has Clew Reef line run to the cockpit
, but someone still has to go to the base of the mast
the reefing cringle to the Tack Horn. I'm thinking that adding another line for that forward reef might be in my future if I continue to do as much single
handing as I have been lately. And to your other question, Yes to full battens in the main, but no backstay adjuster
. All sail shape changes are done with vang, mainsheet, outhaul