Any racers out there have a #4 (Storm jib) in their inventory? If so, what are the rough dimensions?
As we all know, the Catalina is built to take some pretty tough conditions, and handles exceptionally well when the wind is a blowing! I typically don't reef my 36 Mk II main until the wind clocks over 25kn-30kn steady, at which point we'll likely have the heavy #3 partially battoned jib up. There have been conditions in which i've questioned having a #4 (small storm jib), but my question is whether it would be more prudent at that point to simply go headless (single reefed main), or investing in a hefty storm jib. My main only has one reef point, so another option may be to add a second reef point. I suppose at this point, the wind would be 35kn-45kn+ steady (or likely more). which fortunately doesn't happen too often.
1998 Catalina 36 Mk II
S/V Mata Hari