Originally Posted by theller
I recently became a proud owner of a westsail 42 cutter
rig. She's a chonker and the sails
are past their life. Its got the big 140 Genny that was kept without a sun cover and is currently throwing UV damaged threads. I also carelessly put a little spreader hole in it.
The main is in better shape having spend most of its time under the main cover. Still old though.
I've also got a Yankee thats in good shape with relatively little use on it.
I want to get under sail and cruising Puget Sound
this summer. I've got about an extra $1000 at the moment that I'm contemplating spending on a used sail.
What do you all think would be the best path forward. Start with the main and then the genoa
? I'll be able to order new sails
for the next season, so what ever I end up with will end up being backup sails.
Maybe a used main and a used reacher or asym spin would get me under power?
Can I get decent power under a yankee and the Main?
Anyone with feedback from the PNW
would be appreciated. Im Moored in Bremerton.
Congratulations on your new-to-you sailing yacht.
I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to replace the sails you have. Summer in Puget Sound
is not historically very windy and you would be spending money
now that would be better spent later toward new sails...by the way, fall is usually the best time to order sails. Additionally, with your boat's ratio's it will make a comfortable and safe offshore
passagemaker but you'll need a good 10+ knots to get up to any kind of speed.
Forget the pencil test. Take the boat
out at least a few times to get a feel for her and see what the sails do for you...if they rip, so be it. You'll gain some insight as to how she handles and what you might want in your new sails...would you really need a 140% genoa
? (I bought a previous boat
with the original 17 year old sails and often considered replacing them. Eventually, I sold
the boat with the same 28 year old sails and never regretted it...but that wasn't sailing offshore
where you will need good quality "cruising" sails.
With your experience on the water
behind you, get at least three bids on a new set of sails (jib, staysail (you didn't mention it), and main) with loft personnel coming out to the boat to get the exact measurements you need...don't go with production measurements because with a boat that old you don't know what modifications have taken place. Tell them what your long range cruising plans are and ask their recommendations on the best sail configuration sizes for your boat. With those written bids in hand and your opinion of the companies, you are prepared to order sails in the fall when discounts should be available.
In the meantime, draft
an inventory of all equipment
(make/model/serial numbers) on the boat as well as a list of projects that need to be accomplished. Start a ship's log.
~ ~ _/) ~ ~ MJH