You are the only person whom I have found, that has actually used a
Gale Sail. I posted a request for information some months ago at the
SSCA web-site on this subject and did not get a response from anyone
with first hand knowledge. I would like to ask you two questions.
First, what size sail did you buy for your SMM and do you still feel
you bought the optimum size?
Second, if conditions deteriorated to the point that you wanted to
take down the Gale Sail, do you think it would come down in a blow or
do you think you would need a downhaul line?
Ed Steele (SMM#331 DoodleBug)
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Stephan Regulinski"
I bought a Gale Sail for my SMM (#303) and have used it a number ofin
sailing through a 50, gusting 60 storm. The trick in raising thisoccurs
to you that you might need it. If you wait, you'll be trying tothe
genoa sheets by tied off securely well aft of the nav lights. Itied
my sheets to the rail at the pulpet and lost the starboard deck-level
nav light when waves pounded the coiled sheet into the light.