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Just wondering if there is anyone out there with a Hitia 17 who could give me some information on the type of sail rig they use. Im considering the wing sail, and would love to hear which of the two they would recommend, and what are the benefits, if any, of upgrading to the wing sail rig...
as I am not quite finished with my built, I can not serve with any performance info.
I decided for the wing sail as I am dreaming bigger and the main purpose of my Hitia will be (besides having a boat at all) a test boat for my building capabilities and to test the wing sail (standard rig for the bigger Tikis).
In this scenario I never really looked at the sprit rig but I remember reading someone's arguments in favour of it. The sprit seems to be quite handy when you plan to beach the Hitia quite often as you can reduce the sail area very quickly.
Hope it helps,
I have the plans for the wingsail conversion for the Hitia/Maui (unused) that I'd like to sell if anyone is interested.
I have the sprit and I am very pleased with it. Boat is fast. Reefing (in terms of hitting the break) is VERY fast. Mast is not longer than the boat... very handy on the trailer. We did not experience any banging of the sail against the sprit yet as mentioned somewhere else. I recomend it without having ever tested the gaff rig.