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Subject: Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration

brian henry
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Date Posted: 26/04/06 7:37:30
In reply to: JohnTemplar 's message, "Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration" on 25/04/06 18:29:10

I agree with you John that the mainsail plays a diminishing role when cruising in stronger winds. I also tended to have a coarse granular approach with increasing winds - a 2-step one of a deep rolling then the entire sail rolled down, relying on my furled genoa to give the drive. Fine-tuning the mainsail size played no part in my heavy-weather strategy. Indeed, I even had my Crusader mainsail cut from heavier material than normal with no roach or battens; it set well in all winds.

Having said that, I never had to beat my way out of danger in winds over 30 knots, for example, I had a strong engine for that scenario, which I knew could do better than the sail I could set in those conditions, upwind at least.

But knowing that you have cruised extensively single-handed I, and for sure the original poster, if he's still around, would value your thoughts on the original Trapper system of roller boom and how it performed for you.



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