Originally Posted by jobi
hello I have no plans on useing my spinaker or genoa...was thinking to have the genoa cut into a mainsail
and sell the spinaker.
my reasons are that I am not really interested in going fast...much prefer sailing flat and balanced...and also would like to discard both aft winches to make place for my new taff rail.
would this be foolish things to do for a guy that wants to cross the atlantic???
IMO, yep, that is a foolish plan... several reasons:
Even if you don't care about speed, you will find that much of cruising involves light winds. The 150 will sometimes make the difference between sailing and motoring. Good light air sails
are an important requirement for long term cruising
. There is absolutely no reason that using a 150 genoa will keep you from sailing "flat and balanced" when used in light conditions.
Secondly, the genoa can not be reconfigured into a useable mainsail in any fiscally sound way. The cloth will be far too light for a main, the shape is way different, the patches will be in all the wrong places and the panels
will be broadseamed in such a way that re-using them isn't easy at all.
Selling the kite... well, I guess that lots of folks don't use their kites while cruising. But Ann and I often do, and find that there are many days where it will move the boat
along at 6-8 knots when the genoa only gives us 2-3 and a working jib
would leave us rolling about at a standstill! I'd suggest that you defer this decision until you have more experience with the boat
-- you may well find that it isn't as intimidating as you now think. If not, well, then you can sell it!
Hope that these opinions help your decision process, mate.