Topic: A square sail for a Contessa (believe it or not)
I've had an old spinnaker cut down into a square sail to experiment with. It's an old, light weight racing spinnaker with a fine stainless steel cable running around the perimeter to prevent stretch. I had is squared off with reinforcements and grommets added to the top corners to try as a square sail but have decided I have way too many sails right now and will likely not use it, so it's up for grabs. I'd like the $100 I have in it, or a trade for something else useful or fun (not necessarily boat stuff). For those of you who don't know about square sails for modern boats, Hal Roth advocated for them in place of twins for running. They take out the quick oscillation that often plagues boats on long down wind runs and can be used for sheet-to-tiller steering. Other long distance voyagers have spoken highly of them too, though squares have given way to spinnakers. Anyway, this one is for sale if anyone wants to carry on the experiment.