We have an easily driven 45 ft ketch which continues to surprise me as to how little sail it needs to make miles. She's not tender but we can reef down to a scrap of sail and she still carries on with great displacement type speeds for her length.
This means we sail 90 % of the time with a #3 jib. Superb sail from one of the small lofts , this thing reefs really well and is heavy. It is literally a 5 to 50 knot sail.
Inside that is a removable inner forestay which we hank our staysail and storm sail on.
We tend not use it because by the time we need it or want it I'd prefer to not go forward and because we have such a good jib, we just reef that to a scrap, it flattens off and is , great.
But really we should have a storm staysail/ jib on a furler there.
So the dilemma is this . Should that sail be on a traditional furler ( I'd buy another reefrite) or should that sail be on a modern exotic luff rope and be set flying ?. 'Flying 'meaning without being attached to a stay like a code zero.
I was going to fit another furler and just get annoyed when I need to tack, but I was looking at a sundeer with the modern setup the other day . Giant advantage in being able to dump the whole thing on or below decks for tacking .
Are the modern flying setups up to it? Any experience with them out there in crew.orgland.?