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Old 06-11-2013, 05:23 AM   #3
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Vessel Name: Kokanee
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FF - A gaff rig almost always has a lower center of force in comparison to a Bermuda rig, given the same sail area, hence less heeling.
The only negative with gaffs is decreased ability to point windward. Its not much of a worry with a motor sailer though. The extra stability with the sails is often not required pointing directly into the wind. Or just point off 25-30 degrees and make use of the extra speed.

Gaff rigs are regaining popularity with cruising boats. They fell out of fashion for many years as they do not race well, as most rules & courses are weighted to favour windward performers.

My layout has only the sleeping & head below in a 30 footer.

Some may not like the looks; but I'm smitten with it.
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