Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Balooner usage advice
Miles,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I do love the double headsail rig for a lot of reasons.
From a safety standpoint, there are no booms to worry about accidentally gybing. The number of boats that I have seen with serious rig damage after a flying gybe is sobering.
With the Amel set up of continuous reefing of both sails, I can dial down the sail area as the wind picks up. And I can do this without needing to come up into the wind as I would need to to furl a boomed sail.
The biggest improvement over wing 'n wind sailing for me is the great reduction in the boat's tendency to roll while sailing downwind. The key is to not trim the sails in as much as you think you should. If the top 20% or so of the sail is loose enough to twist forward, the boat's roll is greatly dampened. I think the damping effect is improved in the Amel setup because both sails are the same size.
We do sometimes do wing 'n wing sailing, but I don't like the roll, and I find that my VMG downwind is faster if I point up a bit (about 150º to the true wind) and reach off. This is faster than the twin headsails in winds of less than 8 knots or so. By the time the wind is up to 10 knots, the twin sails outrun the reach.
Without the triple foil and latching mechanism, you do lack some of the flexibility, but twin headsails on twin headstays is an old, tried and true cruising rig.
I am not sure how you can use the ballooner without the triple slot foil. You have expressed concern about flying it without an easy reefing mechanism, and I agree! The ballooner is not made to fly on its own luff, it needs to be in a foil. Maybe your friendly neighborhood sailmaker could have some ideas... hanks? or a flexible foil?
Cat Island, Bahamas
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Thanks Danny and Craig
Craig it is indeed a balooner. It’s labeled and has a luff tape so I suspect it’s a legacy thing as the profurl is only about 6 yrs old
Danny that sounds worth a try! The thing I love about the twin headsail rig when I’ve used it before is that reefing is so easy.
On my old boat the hanked on 80% sail was poled to windward and just stayed up all the time and the furling Genoa was like the accelerator. Squally? Reed the genny. Light winds? Let it all hang out.
Really good to hear other options for though android for though so thanks again
All the best