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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter-Blake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 January 2021 at 12:49
I am sure you will love your genoa!

At the beginning with our 370 (13 Years now) we used to sail most of the time with the standard self tacker. Only when the wind was forcast lower than 15kn we used  the genoa. Always a decision in harbour.

In the last two seasons we did not even take the self tacker out once. We nearly always sail with the genoa. The reason is our "new" Selftacker from 2016 with 4 vertical Battens. It is impossible to lower this sail singlehanded. I would never again order a selftacker with vertical battens!

The good thing is: The genoa is a Turbo on our Hanse! We nearly never reef (furl) the genoa. It is better to reduce the Main: 1./2./3. Reef in main, and if this is to much no main (not often) and only Genoa. Works perfect up to upper 6Bft upwind.
If there is wind forcast with 7+ than the selftacker comes out.

The 370 feels a lot more balanced with the genoa instead with the selftacker!

You will love it and ask yourself, why you did not buy it earlier. ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Johan Hackman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2021 at 08:57
That sounds reassuring! I am looking forward to try out the new genoa.

My new selftacker has got three vertical battens. My concern was that it would be a hassle to change between the sails but I was convinced by the sailmaker that with the solution for the pockets it would not be so difficult. I have tried to take the new sailtacker down once and it looks promising. Mind you, I sailed with a selftacker with vertical battens between 2007 and 2012. That sail was far more difficult to get down. By the way, it was made in Pentex and its short life is the main reason my new sails are made in dacron.

I had long discussions with the sailmaker before ordering (I made a long list with queries during sailing that I presented to them) and one of the things we settled down for is just to have one reef in the main, located between the previous two reefs that I had in my old sail.

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Am I right in thinking only the top 2 battens in the main sail are full length?  If so, what prompted that decision.  

Saturn Sails actually stated that they thought there should be 5 full length battens on that size of mainsail and then forgot what they had said and only put in 4.  They then had the cheek to try and charge me for 5!  It must be so rare that they give money back, that they had to find the instructions for the credit card machine.  
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Originally posted by Martin&Rene Martin&Rene wrote:

Am I right in thinking only the top 2 battens in the main sail are full length?  If so, what prompted that decision.


Yes, only the two top battens are full length while the two bottom ones are partial.

It was not really a desicion to have only two full length battens as it seem sailed are designed this way these days. It is more a question why four full length battens were used in the first place, I think.

One of the main reasons why I picked this particular sail maker was a leaflet they posted on their website that I read with great interest. Regarding the main, I learned that the battens should follow the shape of the sail and not create it. Another thing that got me hooked was the fact that they put the cleat for the leech line at the mast. Details like that tells you that they have experience.

Here's another little story: when my boat was new I was enticed at a boat show to order an asymmetrical spinnaker and it was advertised as an all-round sail (which it is not). I sailed with it a few years but was dissappointed to the point I decided to sell it. In order to put the right measurements in the ad I called up the sail maker to ask for them. I remember the silence at the other end when they realised that they had designed it for a mast several metres shorter than mine. They then offered the swap the sail for one they had on the shelf made for a Dehler 34 and that's the assymmetrical I still sail with today.

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