Messing About with Sail Design
Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:35 AM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:49 AM
I am playing around with sail designs and am wondering if roach is considered when determining a sail's center of effort. If it is, then how does one go about figuring both the area of the curve and its centroid? Thanks.
You absolutely need to consider the whole sail, roach and all. If you are designing the sail then you alone know the dimensions, if the curve of the roach is a constant radius, etc.. Without this information I don't see how anyone can help you. Are you using a design program in your playing around?
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:36 AM
If you have a square top, then calculate as a quadrilateral.
Typically, the fore triangle area (half the length of "I" times "J") and the main (half the length of "P" times "E") are used for sail area, again unless you're doing something "special". If you are doing something special, a better grasp of the fundamentals would be in order.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:49 AM
The dimensions of the sail are:
Sail area is roughly 154 sq ft. I want to put in a 12 inch roach in to give me an idea about how much more sail area it gives and to maybe whittle that back until I have about 160-165 sq ft of sail. When I drew the leech, I just plotted points and struck an arc from clew to peak. This may not be the way to do it, but I cannot say that I know anything more than what my scribbling has produced.