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Norm Rhines

Don & Margaret:

I have some what the same setup. My working Jib is about 215 Ft^2 which goes up the foil about 80% using a 6" Pendent and is Yankee cut, It works well with the stay sail. I also have a recut 305 Like a 120% and it does not interact with the stay sail as well (Please see Daves description of some of these effects) My gut feeling is that you could go as big as 260 +/- and have great ineraction between the fore sails. (Of course this is also related to wind angle to the vessel) I run my 305 usaly by itself less than 50Deg off the wind or if I am sheeted inside the stays.

When hard on the wind the smaller Jib and full stay sail out preform the bigger jib, least above 8Kts So I would defer to The function of jib selection based upon point of sail and expected wind speed. Dave gave a very good description of the effects of the slots interaction jib/stay and stay/main. So the answer is yes on the smaller jib pulling harder in good winds when sailing close to the wind, but that some what changes 30Deg south of a beam reach.

I hope this helps.

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