by Win Fowler

Win Fowler has built sails for America’s Cup boats, coastal cruisers and one-design racers

Ask Sail: Speed with a Staysail

by Win Fowler, Posted September 15, 2014
I own a 1973 C&C 30 sloop that came with a staysail setup. We race the boat frequently, and it’s surprisingly competitive for its age using just the jib, spinnaker and mainsail...

Ask Sail: Staysail Loads

by Win Fowler, Posted August 5, 2014
I would like to add an inner forestay to my Hughes Columbia 40. The sail for this is 350 square feet. What safe working load would I need for an exit block for the mast as well as jib tracks and leads?

Mast Splicing

by Win Fowler, Posted July 17, 2014
I just purchased a new Seldén mast for my 42-foot sailboat, but was surprised to see a splice in the lower part of the mast. I expected a one-piece extrusion. 

No Room For a Vang

by Win Fowler, Posted June 18, 2014
I have a 30-foot C&C. The boom on this boat is too low for a standard vang, and the mast has an internal track for round slugs
I was intrigued by your answer about the loose-footed main (“Keep it Loose” Dec. 2013) and thought I could do the same on my boat. I also have a bolt rope foot that fits in a groove on the boom...
Many times while sailing my Precision 23 on our local lake I find myself reefing my main and roller-reefing the jib to almost nothing to keep the boat from excessive heeling when the wind is 20 knots...
I’m in the process of ordering sails for a 40-foot cruising boat. I’m looking for good performance, but I’m not racing. I’ve heard conflicting views on short vs. full battens in a mainsail. 
I have a Code Zero-type headsail with a torque-rope luff I’ve been flying with a continuous-line furler on my 40-foot cutter
I plan to buy a new mainsail for my C&C Landfall 38 and am thinking of making some changes. 
The shrouds and backstay on my 17-foot Montgomery trailer-sailer are maybe an inch or so too long, even with their turnbuckles screwed down as short as possible.
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