The original poster is on a Lagoon 440
, it can handle as a big a sail as will fit the luff dimension. The more power
the better. He has queried the need for a pole/ prodder, as he already has an assy kite. The standard short Lagoon
prodder on a boat
this size is really only useful for one or two reasons:
1. Convenience. It is much easier to furl the sail away and can be done single
handed if you have an autopilot
, especially if sailing in variable or veering or gusting winds or through approaching short lived squalls and you want to hold course but not risk having the sail ripped apart.
2. Light wind power
with a flat code 0 at tighter upwind angles. This is a different sail and not really that useful past 100 AWA.
The disadvantage of the sails
kept on the prodder are that they are subject to UV degradation unless fitted with a heavier counter-productive suncover and secondly in severe gusty conditions the sail (unless very tightly and perfectly furled) can develop a wind pocket that will soon blow out to a bigger problem. The prodder based sail also will cause a blind spot and sheets
/ foot of the sail may catch on the lifelines
and chafe/tear on tight angles, unless it has a high cut foot which reduces sail area/power. Also the stay wires on the prodder interfere with anchor
bridles especially in wind against tide conditions. One minor point is that quite often marinas
fields specify LOA
as the measure to pay by or max size of boat
allowed, a prodder adds to that length, the Lagoon
prodder does fold away, but is a another hassle.