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, "steve_debenedetti" <FCA@...>
> Hello Mike
> Over the last few months I have enjoyed the general information
> and dialogue exchanged between you and the other Niagara owners and
> I've learned a lot, thanks. I have a few questions if you can give
> some opinions on sail combinations. I presently have 15 sails all
> exept a number 2. At 18-20 knots what would be the difference between
> a number 1 and a reefed main, or using a full main with a number 2
> instead? Even with a crew weight factor put aside how would a N 26
> respond? Any feedback would be appriciated, thank you.
> Steve De Benedetti
> Moonraker 059
15 sails? Good grief and Oh My!!
Someone before you had lots of money to throw at their racing aspirations... probably
more than the whole boat was worth...
I got thru a decade with a main (re-cut once and converted to a 2+2), a lapper, a 150, and
a new tri-radial chute. Big admission: only raced it hard for two seasons during the later
years of ownership.
Won a buncha races, proving that excellent crew and good luck can replace a lot of sail
For some reason, this flashback reminds me of the ancient joke about the visitor to NY
City asking the cabbie how to "get to Carnegie Hall?" The answer is always, in a laconic
tone of voice, "Practice practice practice..."
On second thought, I really do not have anything useful to add... at 18 knots we always
used the lapper because that's what we had... it was about a 100 or a 110.
The main, OTOH, would be flattened with outhaul and mast bend and the traveler played
down in puffs. (If cruising or day sailing, we'd put a reef in it)
Loren in PDX
(former owner of #80)