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Post: "Sail Combinstion And Balance"

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Peter Scheller

I have discarded the boomkin, and now have a split back stay, fastened to the hull. I lost 11.3% of mains'l area. My new mains'l now has only 266 sq. ft. The new stays'l with 140 sq. ft. is almost identical to the WS-32 sail plan. The issue now is building a new Yankee. Choices are from the 170 sq.ft. Yankee as original sail plan. to a 250 super Yankee. As I will sail Pegasus as a cutter, I am not sure what size jib to order. I would feel comfortable with a 170 sq. ft sail. 200 sq.ft. is a lot of sail to strike, if conditions warrant it, assuming the stais'l is up, and the first reef is in the main. Another option would be a 220 or even a 250 sq,ft. super Yankee, and striking the stays'l, sailing Pegasus as a sloop. Further reduction in sail area would be striking the super Yankee, and re-hoisting the stays'l.
Further reduction in sail area would be the second reef in the main, and or striking the mains'l completely, sailing under stays'l alone. Any recommendation for the new Yankee?

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