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Old 08-18-2008
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Reefing Recomendations for Newport 27

Hi All,

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.


Thanks,
Mike B.
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