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Don and Margaret Lacoste

I spent my first summer with my W-32. This boat came with a huge number of sails, all made by Hood.

I'm not sure what size the Yankee is. She attaches on a roller furler about the height of the bow rails. She stops about 3/4 up the forward foil.

The vessel also came with a new 110. I used this sail several times and liked it. Since it also came with a 130, I gave that a try to see if the boat would produce more speed. I don't think it did and was a bear to tack. I also have a 150 but have not ever tried it!

From reading other comments in this section, it appears I need either the Yankee or the 110. The vessel also came with a CODE 0, full spinnaker, and another light air sail. I have not had the guts to check them out yet! I have read about Code 0 sails and they claim they are pretty easy to use. Not sure how much wind they can support before you are in trouble. Also, can they work on a beam reach or only broad reach or downwind?

The main is a beauty, fully battened with a long foot almost to the end of the boom. She produces a LOT of weather healm over 15 knots in a beat.

This boat also has a traveler mounted just forward of the companionway. It has been in the center position and I have not fooled with it. Any advice on this would be helpful.

I did have her moving at 7.75 knots with a 20 knot breeze on a beam reach using full main and the 130 one afternoon on Penobscot Bay. I think I was overcanvassed!!!



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