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  1. I will have a new racing main in the spring for my Hanse 370 which I will use for both cruising and racing (weekly buoys and distance). In the past I have had a stack pack type mainsail handling system. I need to decide what type of main sail handling system I'll use for this new main. Either (1) a stack pack type system that I can roll up against the boom when racing with integral lazy jacks or (2) lazy jacks that I can take forward to the mast while racing or leave up while cruising with a standard sail cover with cut-outs for the lazy jacks. Your thoughts?
  2. The Nacra 5.0 mainsail has a 5 hole adjustable clew plate as it is a boomless rig. Hook the mainsheet system to the front hole and you pull more on the foot than the leech reducing draft and power for higher wind conditions. Hook the mainsheet system to the back hole and you pull more on the leech than the foot increasing draft and power for light wind conditions. With the adjustable clew plate concept it is my understanding that no matter what hole you hang the mainsheet system from (even the back hole) the mainsheet system should be angled forward, bottom to top. Said another way, the back clew plate hole should between the mainsheet traveler track and the mast such that you are always pulling, at least slightly, on the foot. I have recently encountered a sail where this is not the case. The back clew plate hole is astern (in back of) the mainsheet traveler track even with the mast straight up (no rake). This means that you would pulling no tension at all on the foot and in fact be compressing the bottom batten, when close hauled. I don't think this is correct and would like to check it. If some of you would be so kind please check the dimensions A and B shown in the pic below and post your findings here. Please also note the loft that made your sail and it's approximate age. A: the dimension from the clew plate middle hole to the back hole (center to center). B: the dimension from the back of the mast luff track to the center of the middle clew plate hole, basically with your sail up hook a tape over the front edge of the batten cap and measure to the center of the middle hole. Further I welcome any comments relative to boomless rigs on other boats and whether the clew plate location arrangement I have outlined above is correct.
  3. Quick question hoping that someone familiar with larger J's can help. (used to sail a J/105 and this was never a problem there as we gybed the aso first in heavy wind and then the main on the next wave/surf, and i had enough power to control it) The last two weeks we have had massive winds on our local regattas (mid 20 knots to low 30 knots in the puffs). Since we are big boys (and girls) on board we of course always put a asymetric up at the top mark, and other than the occasional dirty takedown there has not been an issue with the kite. The problem has been the main. With the relatively low gearing on the winches there is not enough time to winch the main in enough to be able to let it out controlled on the new gybe. And we want to avoid the violent mainsail gybes we have had recently. They are fast, but not good for the boat. In one race we even managed to pull apart a block in the traveler system resulting in ball bearings raining on the owner (who was not impressed). Also, these hard gybes are not pretty to watch and forced us into a ugly broach the other day. We are considering: -putting an extra person by the mast to pull on the German mainsheet system so that the mainsail trimmer can tail only going into the gybe, but in these heavy winds we'd really prefer not to have extra people up there, especially considering you have to pull with both hands on the sheet to be efficient and the high load on this sheet when the main comes over or -winching from both winches going into the gybe. The problem with this is that the person on the new leeward winch is in a pretty tough spot between the rest of the cockpit crew gybing the aso (they have to use the primaries in heavy winds and not the cabintops), and the travller/main coming in very close to the mainsheet winch any tips are highly appreciated Andreas
  4. How exactly do the mainsail forces (the forward driving portions in particular) get transmitted to the vessel...primarily thru the mast or what piece(s) of rigging? and what share does piece of rigging each contribute? I don't pretend to be any kind of an expert in these engineering/computer structural analyses. I would just like to get a clearer picture of how the sails actually transmit their forces to the vessel; at what points, and in what path(s)?? I would imagine that we must first redefine the actual load paths that the forces of the sails use to transmit their power to the rigging. And then how and where do the rigging loads get transmitted to the vessel itself? (keep in mind that sail CLOTH can not transmit a pushing force)
  5. How exactly do the mainsail forces (the forward driving portions in particular) get transmitted to the vessel...primarily thru the mast or what piece(s) of rigging? and what share does piece of rigging each contribute? I don't pretend to be any kind of an expert in these engineering/computer structural analyses. I would just like to get a clearer picture of how the sails actually transmit their forces to the vessel; at what points, and in what path(s)?? I would imagine that we must first redefine the actual load paths that the forces of the sails use to transmit their power to the rigging. And then how and where do the rigging loads get transmitted to the vessel itself? (keep in mind that sail CLOTH can not transmit a pushing force)
  6. I'm shopping for a new main and 155 genoa for my Hanse 370. Its a cruiser with a good turn of speed. I do weekly beer can races (JAM) and distance races (Spin) all PHRF. We frequently flag in distance races. My objective is to maximize performance with sails that I can leave on the boom or furled and also be able to cruise with them. Here are my current considerations: 1. Ullman Fiberpath Race, black Aramid 2. North NorLam Tour w/Aramid 3. UK X Drive 4. Dimension Polyant BX 20/15 (main); BX 15/10 (genoa) All with single side light weight taffeta except for the DP DX product (no taffeta) that comes from a small independent loft. My questions: Your experience with any of the above sail fabrics? Your opinion of the preliminary selections? Your specific substantive recommendations? I'm not interested in opinions about North vs UK vs Ullman. We all have had our experiences with different lofts... both good and bad. Many thanks.