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  • Bob Unkel
    Jul 6, 2007
      Re: [capri26] Sails and sail maker On 6/24/07 11:42 PM, "Jim Long" <longjim@...> wrote:


      I should have listened to your sage advice Mr. Unkle for this weekend,  in 20-25kts,  I tore my main along the reef line.     Oh well, there goes my almost 20 year old sail.      (Lesson learned – Listen to the weather report BEFORE going out).    There was a small craft advisory at Point Heuneme (That’s up by Santa Barbara) but I never thought that it would reach all the way down to San Diego Bay.  (The whitecaps were about 3-5’ high in the South Bay! )          SO,  long story short,   all of this sail replacement talk turns out to be prophetically timely.   

      From: capri26@yahoogroups.com [mailto:capri26@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bob Unkel
      Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 11:58 PM
      To: capri26@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [capri26] Sails and sail maker

          My two cents on heavy wind sailing would be to go with what you can most easily handle. Generally the boat handles better with both Main and a Jib or Storm Sail. I know from the experience of sinking a Millimeter in Lake Michigan that I should have been flying just the jib rather than just the main as I broached while running down wind and had no way of getting the main down. If I had just the jib up I could have just let if flog to de-power enough to go from downwind to a reach.
          I also think you don’t fight weather helm as much if you just fly a Jib in heavy weather. But if you have a roller furling system it is much easier to just roll up the jib/genoa when the wind starts to pipe up rather than put a reef in the main.
          Having our Capri 26 “Impulsive” out in heavy wind, I’ll bet you have a great ride with a reefed main and the 90% jib! I think our boats really like to put a ‘bone in her teeth’.  Much more fun than flopping around in light  winds and motorboat chop.

      Bob Unkel
      On 6/18/07 5:31 PM, "vargapj@..." <vargapj@...> wrote:


      Just my two cents on the issue of sails:
      I have an Ullman full batten main and an Ullman 90% Jib.  I have been very happy with their quality and how the sails have held up.  I also dealt with the Ullman of Ventura, CA. Both sails are in their 4th season of sailing.  In case anyone wonders why the 90% Jib:  where I sail (Lake Granby, CO), the afternoon winds often hit up in the 30's (last weekend going between 25- 33, hit 40 once) and the boat does very well on reefed main and the 90%...... easily exceeding hull speed.
      One question I do have for the group is this:  I have always felt, if necessary to sail with only one sail up, that it was better to sail with just the main.  I see quite a few boats sailing with just the jib or Genoa.  Is there really a better way to do the one sail thing?
      Pete Varga
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          Whoops, hope our talking about new sails didn’t start a rash of problems!  I would also vote for a loose footed sail, much better shape.  With all the good lofts in your area, I would suspect you can work a good deal.

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