Reefing Recomendations for Newport 27
I am very close to owning a Newport 27. All my sailing experience so far is on smaller boats. Most on a Hobie Cat 18. My most pressing concern is learning when to reef. (No reefing on the Hobie - just trapeze out more and go faster!) I have heard the Mantra "reef early/reef often" for sailing on mountain lakes. (Wind changes every 2 minutes...)
My boat will have two reefing points on the main and a roller furling on a ~140% genoa. I have a good Raymarine wind meter.
Does anyone have any rule of thumb on when to reef a Newport 27?
At what wind speed should I reduce to: 1st reef on main, 100% on genoa?
At what wind speed should I reduce to: 2nd reef on main, 50% on genoa?
What is a boat polar and where can I find one for a Newport 27?
Rules of thumb, gut feel only OK! I need someplace to start. I can feel it out from there.