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Dave King

Ahoy Kenn, Ask 10 people this question and you'll get 10 answers. This is only one answer. I usually use a full hoist Yankee of approximately 305 sq. ft. while on the coast. I always carry my smaller working jib, however, of 149 sq. ft. In fact it is on now and has been for the last 8000 miles. I have not used my genoa for over 6 years even though I used to regularly. I found it unnecessary and awkward. A typical routine of mine is to use the Yankee up wind and a nylon Drifter of about 450 sq.ft. down wind. If the Drifter is too large then the Yankee is almost always capable of taking over. Also, I use my staysail more than most Westsailers. I should not speak for others but I have often heard Kern recommend the Larger Super Yankee of 350 sq. ft. (I think). This is probably the better choice in many areas such as Southern California or within Puget Sound.

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