I'm looking for a 40-43foot solo although preferably trips with mates.
Headsails have my interest at moment.
They name them headsails as sail is a head
, leach to direct thrust and foot to establish rhythm of dance.
Also known as a fixed luff sail.
Know luff really just the tack eye and modern sailors refer headsail head
edge as luff because tack spears wind
and then has to force head through luff.
Thus head is luff.
This creates drag and is a main force of why boat heals.
behind such; main and missen are semi protected from winds direct brute force and free to encourage sail set systems thrust.
Square sails are more efficient because they have a much longer luff to work
torque of wind
with but lack pointing ability in soft winds and take some crew and courage to build momentum in strong winds: Much like a stabilised jet turbine; stable when going.
50' quite large.
I will probably find a 40-44' ketch
headsail and lazy jack main and missen soonish. Next month to 3 years.
But I'd like to replace system with Junk system sailing set.
with instructions of a single
hand line even when screaming on fast reach.
Always reaches even when on point.
Flexible luff is safer when winds are stronger than a fixed luff system.
If real about solo, maybe look that way sir.
Squares like truck engines, triangles like racing
car engines; both high maintenance
in a way.
Junk really easy going like a car used for shopping
If sail tears can keep sailing without self destruction.
Can get high mileage on light materials.
Don't have to be on deck
to raise, lower, sheet.
Just saying because that's my research
I skippered a racing keel
boat after crewing
years on a cruising boat.
Worst happens when wind is heavy like finding your feet on a wet bouncy bow to lash reefs
into the storm jib
Best luck anyway you go.