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post #3 of Old 09-12-2008
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AFAIK there are no standard or regulation for this and it will probably depend on context.

I think that in normal condition it would be the max area when beating.

So for a standard boat from a manufacturer it could be one of two
1) Designed max sail Area
2) Max area with standard wardrobe

For a used boat it could be max area with curent wardrobe
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