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post #9 of Old 05-02-2002
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How much can you furl a headsail

Scott, another factor on furling a 150 is your point of sail. You can balance by furler-reefing with your main as long as it isn''t a close reach or beating hard to wind. That gets hopeless quickly with even 30% in, and that leaves alot of sail out there for beating with. But on any other point of sail, ie broad reaching, furling headsails work quite well. If you really need to get to wind in freshening breezes, the best balance is going to be a reefed main and a working jib, with the 150 furled and gone. For most daysailing, this is not such a big deal, you''re near home, but on a cruise, may be worth considering.

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