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Subject: Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration


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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.

Best,

Brian.

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