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post #16 of Old 07-03-2007
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Saurav - The general rule of thumb is that if you think you need to reef, reef. There's no fast rule as to the wind speed needed to reef. Reef early, reef often, and practice it. On our Passport 40, we put a mainsail reef in at 15, a genny reef in at 18 or so, a second main reef in at 22 and a second genny reef in at 25. On the other hand, a couple of days ago we were in no hurry and had a double reefed main and single reefed genny at 18-20. We sailed slow, but we sure were comfortable! We don't like being hard over if we don't have to be. It makes our sandwiches fall off the cockpit table. And our daughter gets fairly terrified if we're hard over... The worst thing to do is look around, see nobody else reefed, and feel obligated to leave all your sail out. It's all about your comfort factor and how much stuff you didn't secure in your cabin.

s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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