Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Genoa size
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I have been using only either my 110 heavy genoa or the factory supplied larger genoa offshore for the last 12 years.
The 110 seems to be sufficient for all weather conditions. If you recall we were in a hurricane winds to 100 knots and never needed our atn sail. In fact I would also like to sell mine.
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Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Genoa size
Danny, Thanks for the info. We see you guys are now in New Caledonia , its great you two are using your boat as intended so much. Since we meet several years ago , we are just now finally leaving for the winter heading for the Caribbean. Diane retires in two weeks. Do you sail offshore with your full size genoa or something smaller? Do you have a storm jib? Bill from BEBE sails with just a genoa , in fact sold a ATN he had. Thanks , Pat
The Amel spec in the brochure for the Super maramu has the following sail areas. Genoa 71 sq m, main 35 sq m, mizzen 19 sq m, Mizzen ballooner 35 sq m, Ballooner 68 sq m. The ballooner and the Genoa/jib have the same foot length but the ballooner has a different (higher) cut clew to tack, hence the slightly smaller area. The purpose is that they are balanced for the down wind twin pole system. If one is larger than the other you are unbalanced. Many sail makers have the standard sail plan available to work from.
The genoa does roll successfully for use in stronger winds. (with accordingly forward movement of the jib car)
That's my understanding, Pat. The original sails were shot and discarded when I bought the boat, so I never saw them. I also have a 110 with a high cut clew that is great for anything 15-25kts that I use most of the time in the Carib winter. The 145 would be significantly better for anything less than 10kts and I think would be fine for up to ~18 with a few feet furled up and/or sailing jib and jigger.
I would get the 145 and a smaller sail for heavier winds.