Advice on new sails for a WS28?

  • April 11, 2013 3:09 PM
    Message # 1266483
    Deleted user
    I am about to buy a new set of sails for my 28.

    I have a main, hank on staysail on boom, and very small hank on yankee.

    All the sail lofts I talk to say to get a much bigger yankee then I have now.  They say more sail = more knots, but I see more sail = more $$$.

    The jib is going to a furler, and the main will have Tides Strong Tracks & full batons.

    Right now North is looking like it, UK is 2nd choice.

    Any thoughts?
  • April 14, 2013 11:29 AM
    Reply # 1268500 on 1266483
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sean: It's been a few days and no W28 owners have spoken up - Steve Yoder is away from solid internet... I'm hoping he can answer soon as I'm not the sail expert.

    I would say that the factory sail size would be a good start - the sails forward of the mast are very important and a small yankee would be under powered and not help with balancing the boat with the main sail.  

     When I purchased Pygmalion W32 new sails - I had the main made by Kern Ferguson as he knows the W32 sails very well - he also recommended 18" shorter foot and full batten main - I find the full battens very nice and a great way to hold the sail shape - less fluttering - the shorter foot reduced the weather helm.  

    The furling Yankee is 300 SF (for the SF bay winds) on a Furlex Furler - also from Kern.  I was able to assemble and install the Furlex  with new forstay et al myself with little trouble and find that furling is much safer (keeps you off the bowsprit) and makes sailing easier.  ie you don't have to hank on the jib and raise it etc.

    The down side is the occasionally if I don't "drag" the furler control line - you can get a overwrap which make it hard to furl up.  (Yesterday, I had to unwind the control line until the overwrap was removed to furl the sail.) 

    If I was redoing or hopefully adding a furled staysail to Pygmalion, I would look at Alado furler - here is one of serveral seen on W32's at the 2012 Nor Cal Rondy.  I like that you don't have to remove the stay - the foil slips over the existing stay - and that the drum is open for repair/fixing overwraps.


    Lastly, I used Lee Sails for my staysail  - being a simpler sail then the mail or furling jib.  Lee uses reps in the US and makes their sails in Hong Kong.  The important note is that the rep provides the cut - size information to Lee therefore the sail shape depends on their reps knowledge of the boat and your sail needs.  Their main sail cover snaps are NOT the highest quality SS - showing some weathering and the sail covers have needed more stiching over the last 6 years. 

    Hope this helps.


    Last modified: April 14, 2013 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • April 15, 2013 3:25 AM
    Reply # 1268934 on 1266483
    Deleted user
    Thanks Jay!

    I have already been taking with Steve about his sail set up.

    I am going with a ProFurl, or the Alado.  I have been able to get some pretty low quotes for a new ProFurl set up.
  • April 16, 2013 11:47 AM
    Reply # 1270143 on 1266483
    Deleted user

    Hello All -

    I purchased a genoa and smaller jib for my W43 from Ullman and have been mostly happy with both although I think the fluttering along the leach of the genoa is excessive.

    What surpised me the most is that smaller sail was made locally (San Diego) but the genoa was made in Hong Kong which bothered me as I wanted to purchase materials & labor locally.

    Tom S.