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Thread: Furling Genoa Size - thoughts on LP

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    Minneapolis, MN
    Hi Tim,

    We bought our boat new in 88. It came with a 135 furling genoa. A number of years ago we upgraded to a 155 furling genoa.
    We are really happy that we did. It was manufactured by North Sails. On Lake Superior we have a full range of wind speeds. The sail has excellent shape regardless of how much we furl it.

    We normally reduce sail a bit when we reach 12 to 14 knots.


    Bob and Sandy Robertson
    Ericson 38-200, 1988
    Bayfield, WI

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    Contributing Member II TimTimmeh's Avatar
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    Feb 2016
    Chemainus BC

    So I've ordered a 135

    So i've decided on a 135 for my summer headsail. It was a bit difficult to decide between that or something bigger, but I figure the 135 will be a good compromise. I don't really like sailing with the head sail furled and I have gotten a lot better at sailing with the Gennaker up so I can always use that if it gets below 5kts or I'm reaching etc. Also, I think I get a 6 sec rating bonus in BC phrf for the 135 if I every decide to race.
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    Contributing Member II TimTimmeh's Avatar
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    Chemainus BC

    Got the new sail

    I took delivery of my new headsail yesterday and took it out for a spin. Overall pretty happy with it, wind was about 5kts and boatspeed was 4 to 5, pointing was waaay better i assume because of the lower clew. I had it made at about 2' above deck, which is a bit lower then the stanchions and kind if parallel to the deck, i think it looks cooler that way when sheeted inside the lifelines. I think it gained me 1 or 2kts at least in that light wind.
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    Makes Up For It With Enthusiasm Geoff W.'s Avatar
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    Nice looking sail. Glad to hear you got some new point, and I agree that it looks great inside the lifelines there. Is it a pain to skirt it?

    I went sailing by myself recently and after a situation in which my old dacron genoa gave me nothing but lee helm unless unfurled to at least the shrouds, I'll be joining you in the new genny club soon. Went with a 135% as well, but foam luff laminate...some relatively new cloth called Tec from DP.
    s/v "Delightful"
    1987 E32-3
    Hull #712

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