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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 standard Dacron.

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.

Rafe Cockerill
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.

Dick Sheehan
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 sailing.

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 my headsails.

07 Nov 2000

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