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Post: "Sail Combinstion And Balance"

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Peter Scheller

Thanks, Dave, for your comments. Global and hanked on sails is my preference. My dilemma is never have sailed a WS-32 thus unsure of the balance capability. I sailed a Tom Colvin design "Saughten Witch" for many years in the South Pacific. Junked the junk rig in NZ went to cutter rig, and sailed boom less for several years, with no regret. As you
see in my original post, mains'l and stay'sl are present, and the question is: how big a Yankee? My sail maker, wich I trust (Carol Hasse), originally proposed a 270 sq. ft. Yankee. I countered with 220 or 200 sq. ft. considering a few earlier remarks made on this forum. What I want to know is how a WS-32 will balance with the sails provided. Now, lets assume Carol's recommendation of 270 sq.ft. Yankee. 1). 1st reef in mains'l, stays'l and Yankee hoisted. 2). Stays'l doused, Yankee and mains'l hoisted. 3). Yankee doused, stays'l and mains'l 1st or second reef up, depending on conditions. Will the boat balance in the conditions stated? 270 sq. ft. to douse, is a lot of sail area. Any thoughts on this? And yes, there is a drifter if the winds get very light. Thus a second heads'l. Peter

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