Well, remember I like to sail in winds above 8 knots and have been
known to stay home on the light days.
I do not like the 175%, I can only get a good set in 4-6 knots and
because it comes back all the way to the winches it does not allow
genoa track adjustments.
This year I used a 100% and a 135% on a Harken 0 system. The
sailcloth is Doyle's "Challenger" which is an upgrade from the
The 135% was fine about 8 knots to about 20 knots and I ran the 100%
for about 20-30 knots. I did the sail changes at the dock and they
took only a few minutes.
This season the sails got a good workout; lots of heavy days. The
100% did fine up to the point where the hull flair starts to do funny
things, which I consider the limits of the boat. The 135% felt a
little small on the light days, but was fine when the wind came up. I
never got the cruising spinnaker out (lazy on the hardware install).
If you are only going to get one headsail I would be tempted to
recommend a 110%, if you plan to stay put on the heavier days, it
would be 135-145%.
05 Nov 2000
How easy is it to see around or under your 135%? Are there different
types of headsails - ones that ride high and sweep around as far as
the one 175% and ones that ride low but don't come as far back? Does
this question make sense?
My only concern with the 175% is that it looks like it will be hard
to see around - even with the window option.
05 Nov 2000
Not bad for the 135%. To get the right sheeting angle the clew has to
be higher than the 175%. The 175% comes all the way back to the
winches, and there's not much room to play. I think the 175 is too
large for the boat, but each to their own.
06 Nov 2000
Reply to Rafe and question for MJM.
Rafe: The deck sweeper Genoa is difficult to see around. I use my
crew as a lookout, but when I'm single-handing, I'll sit on the
leeward side of the boat, and lean out. The window option is quite
helpful, but not perfect. I just don't like my 175% because I
frequently sail in winds in excess of 10 knots. You want the deck
sweeper cut because it develops the most power for your boat. A high
cut jib for this boat would be mainly used as a storm jib and used
just to give a slot effect to the tiny mainsail.
MJM: What is your opinion of a 120% headsail capable of furling down
to 100%? Naturally it would have a luff pad. What do you use for
25-knot breezes. I'm new to the Rhodes, and I like it. I felt real
safe in a squall with 40 knot gusts [under bare poles!] I'm much
more used to a fractional rig, than the masthead rig of the Rhodes.
You have to learn new habits using the masthead rig.
06 Nov 2000
You might be better off with the 110%. GB has it set just right for
inside sheeting and it is an off-the-shelf design. I used it for a
season. It is a very nice sail for the boat and points well. It
should take you pretty close to your limits with the boat. I was able
to reef it to about 85-90% (2.5-3 rolls) before the shape and size
were useless. You are giving up some downwind power and light air
Right now I'm running a 100% that can take a few more knots and I can
set it for a little less heel. The 120% would not add that much power
and would screw up the hardware geometry. One of my other sails this
year is a 135%. It is ok but still not in the zone that I was
looking for, I am tempted to try a 145%, but remember, I can change
07 Nov 2000