Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New sails

Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>

I think Amel’s solution is the best I have seen, and I tell people that every chance I get.

The original question (which I was trying to address in my comments) was what could be done to make a boat that was NOT rigged with a triple slot foil come as close to a fully developed Amel downwind rig as possible.

I hope if what I wrote was read carefully, you would see nothing was suggesting anybody change the system that eventually became standard on the Maramu and SM.  

If I confused you as to my thoughts, maybe I confused other people so thanks for the opportunity to clarify.

Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Highlands, NJ
“Ships and men rot in port."

On Nov 17, 2016, at 18:56, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

And, Bill, don't you think Amel perfected the twin sail, twin pole downwind sailing solution better and different than any other builder? I do, and I have about 40,000 miles with it in mild to cyclone conditions.

I think when you have nore experience with your Amel, you will feel the same. 

Fair winds.

Bill Rouse
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On Nov 17, 2016 1:29 PM, "James Alton lokiyawl2@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


   Yes, I know that the twin poles have been around for a long time but I never considered them seriously due to the complications of quickly dousing if needed for a return to windward.  Amel seems to have mostly solved that problem and the reefing ability is a big plus in my book.  I think that I might have a solution of how I can use my existing setup but if it doesn’t work out I will look into upgrading the boat to the Santorin/SM arrangement.


James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
Arbatax,  Italy
On Nov 17, 2016, at 8:51 AM, Bill Kinney greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <> wrote:


For a downwind rig without the $$$$ of a new foil, talk to Dave at Island Planet Sails.  He has suggested a pair of nylon ballooners on a rolling rope luff that would sheet through the double wisher poles.  I don’t know if he has actually built one, but it might be worth exploring.

It sounds like it would be easier to set and do everything the standard Amel rig does… except…  I doubt it would be usable partially reefed.  But might be worth investigating.

Poled out twin jibs have ben used by tradewind passagemakers long before Amel started putting them on their boats.  There are lots of ways to skin this cat. Amel's innovation was to make it easy to set the reef the sails and handle really big whisker poles.

Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL
“Ships and men rot in port."

On Nov 17, 2016, at 07:41, James Alton lokiyawl2@... [amelyachtowners] <> wrote:

Ian, Linda and the many others that responded to my questions about new sails..

   Thanks to all for the great input.  After sleeping on all of the information, I find myself drawn back to the original design concept of a 150 Genoa,  it just makes a lot of sense.  It just seems like the go to sail  the planned downwind passages using the twin poles along with a ballooner.  The addition of foam or some other bulking material to the luff to enhance the reefing qualities makes a lot of sense.  I have seen the permanent creases due to stretching that are apparently caused by rolling a shaped sail onto a straight extrusion and then loading that sail.  I don’t see how the 150 would be a good choice reefed as a storm sail and I would like to have aboard a smaller nicely shaped easy to tack jib for windward sailing and higher winds that would be more suitable as a storm sail. So it seems that I will just need to make some room to store one of these sails while the other is in use.  I wonder if by using the Hydranet if the 150 can be made a bit lighter so as to be easier to change with the understanding that the heavier smaller 100-120 would replace it for the expected parts of the trip where the winds will be strong?  Yes, there would be times when sailing through an acceleration zone etc. where I might be caught with the 150 in too much wind so I would need to be careful to not make the sail too light. A lot of the weight of my old 150 seemed to be in the sun cover.  Are there lighter UV covers available?

   I have a question about running twin sails on my Maramu using the twin slot extrusion.  It concerns me a lot having the need to lower the ballooner to furl due to the possible need to quickly turn the boat back upwind…  The concept of being able to furl both the 150 and the Ballooner seems worthy of adding to the boat from a safety standpoint if nothing else.  I was wondering if anyone has ever used a halyard running from the furler head to the furler tack attachment to hoist the ballooner and whether this work in lieu of the snap ratchet upgrade?  I am envisioning a continuous halyard line of small diameter using a small block at each end(high strength Spectra perhaps) that would roll up with the two sails.  The ballooner is so light and easy to raise on my boat that I don’t see why this could not work but what do you think?   The only other option seems to be to hoist both sails together on the same halyard which would be a mess dropping both at the same time, probably as the wind is coming up…  

   Ian and Linda,  Yes, I have seen the Santorins and think that they are lovely boats!  From a distance it is sometimes hard for me to tell them from a SM.  It is interesting to look at the various designs and to see the evolution of these boats.  


James  Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
Arbatax,  Italy

On Nov 17, 2016, at 5:09 AM, Ian Park parkianj@... [amelyachtowners] <> wrote:

The Santorin is a scaled down SM minus some kit because it has less room eg gen set, freezer, washing machine etc....
So the rig is identical including the triple groove foil and furler with the snap ratchet for the ballooner.

The foam luff... Because of the 'shaped' cut of the Genoa, when it furls the centre section does not wrap as tightly as the top and bottom. So the centre bulges more, leaves creases across the sail and does not drive as efficiently.
Three strips of foam padding(in gradually shorter lengths) are stitched in down the luff. As the sail furls this new 'bulge' gathers more of the centre of the sail giving a better shape that drives better in stronger winds.

As Bill says, it's an omission that should be corrected.

Ian and Linda

'Ocean Hobo' SN96

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