- Jun 30, 2004
Curious how this model behaves using just the main. Reduced performance makes sense but how is "helm" affected?
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Thanks! I anticipated all those factors and for me, are the pluses I'm looking for. With that said, IF doing that had a strong adverse affect on helm, it might very well be a show stopper.Using only the mainsail will reduce your speed, but it should make your boat easier to handle, tack and jib, especially by yourself. It will also reduce healing, espeacially in strong winds, which will provide a more comfortable sail for some. Try it yourself and let us know.
Thanks Joe. I've been admiring catboats for a long time and would love to have a Sanderling. Alas, price and availability makes that a nogo, even for the ComPac versions.Hate to be negative here, but if you really want a single sail boat.... why don't you buy a single sail boat? No sloop rigged, lightweight, non keel, boat is going to perform well under main alone. First of all, the mast on single sail boats (cat rig) is place forward of the boat's pivot point so the sail can help the boat tack, sail up wind and balance the helm. With two sails, and the mast placed at the boat's pivot point, the sailor will use them to balance the helm, help push the bow to leeward when turning, and improve air flow over the main going upwind.
In your scenario, heeling the boat will not be an issue. That's easily controlled with sail trim... headsail, mainsail or both. What will be affected is you ability to turn upwind efficiently. You will find yourself "in irons" more than you want... especially in light air and a boat with no heavy keel to provide momentum. You'll also have trouble when it's choppy because there will be no headsail to push the bow through the short, slapping waves.
Weather helm can be an issue, but with fresh sails and a little mast tuning you might be able to control it.
Finally, if you must, sail with jib only.... maybe invest in a larger headsail with roller furling. Or start looking for some cat rigged 17 footers... there are plenty out there and great fun to sail.
How cool is this 15 footer? (sorry, it's sold)
It's a no brainer then... go for it. btw, you'll get used to handling both sails singlehanded quite easily. It's just part of sailing the boat. Remember when it gets windy, you can still cleat the headsail but, as in dinghy sailing, keep the mainsheet or traveler control in one hand, uncleated, and you'll be able to spill air quickly when the mainsail gets overpowered. have a blast!The 170 I'm looking at has roller furling so that would help.