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Dave King

Ahoy Terry,
The square footage of my storm jib is 61. The dimensions are: Luff=20'4", Leech=13'10", Foot=9'9". There is an additional 2' SS pendant permanently attached to the Tack. This is necessary to raise the tack above the furled staysail.
The square footage of my Trysail is 96. The dimensions are: Luff=17'8", Leech=23'7", Foot=11'5".
Both of these sails are built according to the original W-32 specs. Both are 9oz material (I think)
A couple of thoughts: Since the Trysail was designed to sheet to the aft mooring cleats, A large dodger will interfere with the sheeting. It is necessary to get this problem solved intellectually ahead of time. Also, I have found it convenient to keep the Trysail on the track, at the mast, all of the time while cruising. The normal sail bag will work for this but a better solution is to have a custom made Sunbrella bag. The bag needs to have a slot on the side for the Luff to attach and an opening lid to hoist the sail out. This is all very similar to a racing boats spinnaker bag.

I have some thoughts on the subject of spare sails also. It makes a huge difference whether you are using roller furling or not. I currently am on the headsail only. I am a "percentage" player while cruising. As an example, I will carry the Yankee to Hawaii but replace it with the jib for the return. The less a sail is furled, while flying, the better.
I completely agree with Dave Kall's, and Don's remarks. I do, however, carry a spare, and battenless, Mainsail while cruising.
Good luck with your choices,

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