Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New sails
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It is great to have a sailmaker and previous Maramu owner respond to my questions! Sueno has the double spreader Nirvana mast which is taller than the original single spreader spar. Except for the lack of raked spreaders, it looks very similar to the SM spar to me. I was told that the spar section is actually the same as the SM but I would like to get some confirmation on that…does anyone know?
Can you give me some idea of how much more stable the radial Hydranet is as compared to the top Dacron? I have seen so many in mast furling mains with a flapping leech and often the sail is only a few years old. The flapping makes me a little crazy... (grin) Is the Hydranet a good way to keep the leech stable?
Some great information on battens. My understanding is that the shape of the leech has a lot to do with the upwind performance of a sail. Setting the SA increase aside, do battens help with the exit shape of the main/mizzen? What is your guess on the increased SA in going from a concave leech to a straight one? I was pretty sure that I did not want the full length battens, now they are not even on the list…
The plan is to use the boat in the Mediterranean for about 3 years part time to get to know the boat. Do a big refit at my shop in Florida and to then do a normal Westward Circumnavigation via South Africa rather than the Red Sea. If we aren’t tired of sailing after that we might set off again to see the many places that we are bound to hear about after they are hundreds or thousands of miles upwind on the first time around. The plan is to route where possible to keep the wind aft of the beam and divert/change our destination when Mother Nature changes her mind in a big way.
Yes, we have the downwind twin poles, they appear to be very similar to the SM. We have a Balloner that appears to be new, along with a mizzen staysail which we really like and used a lot this season.
We do have one oddity in that we enjoy daysailing quite a lot even while cruising. When daysailing, speed is a lot less important to us than having a headsail that is easy to tack which is one reason we are interested in a smaller headsail. I also want to have a sail inventory aboard that would give us the best chance of beating out of tight situation under sail alone in the event that the engine was out of commission. It would be really helpful to get some idea of what size jib with the proper foam luff could be reefed down to a storm jib size while retaining a good shape.
Yes, I am quite familiar with the fact that light sails do better when rolling around with little wind. This is one of the reasons I am asking questions about my options to set a large efficient headsail on Sueno while leaving a headsail on the Amel furler that was good for 12 knots and up.
Yes, I know that the line furlers are pricey.. They appear to be pretty easy to handle however since the furled sail is low windage going up and coming down. Do they tend to pack down into a smaller package than a sock?
Yes, it would be great to see the photo of one of your mains. Lokiyawl2 at Aol.com.
SV Sueno, Maramu #220