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Re: Yet another roller furling question

Originally Posted by rndmtrvlr View Post
Aha. gotcha. So I am thankful for the pennant on this sail. But in terms of designing/ordering new sails (eventually), wouldn't it be better to have a sail whose luff length is closer to the actual length of the headstay (extrusion) so that the halyard swivel is at the top of the furler and the sail extends as far down as required? Given that you can reef by furling don't you want as much sail area as possible?
Absolutely.. the sail should 'fit' the boat/furler properly and the boat will be better for it.

I think the 'reefability' of a roller jib/genoa is really only a good, practical thing if you're off the wind. For beating I think you're much better off with a properly set, properly sized lapper or working jib than a partially rolled '150', for example. If I know we're in for some snotty weather we'll change headsails before heading out.

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