Sail Area: Overlap, Multihulls, And Racing Rules

A J44 completing a tack, showing graphically that genoas with big overlaps are a pain in the neck. The good news is that the boat carries plenty of sail so a small, or no, overlap jib would be great for cruising. Photo Credit J/Boats Inc.

Once again, I set out to write another part of my review of the Outbound 46, but then realized that it would be better to add a chapter to our Buying a Cruising Boat Online Book on how much sail area is optimal for offshore voyaging, while using the boat as an example.

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John Harries

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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