Maximum Sail Power

Chapter 9 – Storm Sails – Part 1

4 Oct
Chapter 9 deals with the all important storm sails. In Part 1 we will look at the best options for a Storm Jib including the Gale Sail and in Part 2 we will discuss the Trysail and deploying your storm sails.

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Few sails in any sailor’s inventory are as neglected, controversial, or ultimately important as storm sails. These generally consist of a trysail, i.e., a kind of mini- mainsail bent on the mast after the regular main has been lashed to the boom, and a storm jib, a tiny scrap of

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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 3

15 Sep
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 3 we look at spinnakers by the numbers. It can get confusing because sailmakers are quick to drop a number thinking that you know what he’s talking about. Here is a quick guide. Note, however that some sailmakers have their own coding system.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here

Beautiful membrane Code 0 on this cruising boat
Spinnakers by the Numbers
Spinnakers have gone under countless names since ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 1

25 Apr
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 1 we look back at how the spinnaker was developed and how we got from cross cut spinnakers to radial spinnakers.



DOWNWIND SAILS EXPLAINED
There is nothing quite like a day in the trades with a warm wind at your back and the horizon ahead stretched in a wide arc like open arms just waiting for you. You are romping downwind with
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 1

25 Apr
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 1 we look back at how the spinnaker was developed and how we got from cross cut spinnakers to radial spinnakers.



DOWNWIND SAILS EXPLAINED
There is nothing quite like a day in the trades with a warm wind at your back and the horizon ahead stretched in a wide arc like open arms just waiting for you. You are romping downwind with
...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 4

6 Apr
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




Headsails for the Cruising Sailor
Fortunately, headsails are a far less complicated part of a sail inventory, although no less important. Without them the boat ...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 4

6 Apr
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




Headsails for the Cruising Sailor
Fortunately, headsails are a far less complicated part of a sail inventory, although no less important. Without them the boat ...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 3

10 Mar
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.



In the previous chapter we looked at in-mast furling mainsails and some of their drawbacks most notably the amount of sail area that is lost
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 3

10 Mar
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.



In the previous chapter we looked at in-mast furling mainsails and some of their drawbacks most notably the amount of sail area that is lost
...
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