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If you are down to a triple reefed main and still have a 150 on your furler half rolled or not then you have made some bad decisions.
When it is obvious there is bad weather closing in haul the genoa down and then put up a smaller headsail. It can be furling or not.
How much smaller? A storm jib? If not, at what point do you take the smaller sail down for the storm jib? And is it any easier the second time to change sails? Or do you enjoy sailing in 30 knots with a storm jib up? Sorry for all the questions but the reason I have a furler is to be able to regulate the size of the sail relative to the wind. Sail changes were never a part of that strategy for me. I guess we're all different.
Twin foils are useful when changing sails because you can hoist one inside the other and then haul down the second sail. Is a common technique in racing and the twin foil simply equips a boat that way in the event it ever decides to do a sail change in this manner.
Yep, if I was racing I'd agree with that completely.
Our boat has a roller furl dacron #1 as well as a full inventory of racing sails. It has two genoa halyards and twin foil.
You either have a whole lot of storage for sails or you're not into cruising. I wouldn't waste my storage space on a wardrobe of racing sails. Then again, different strokes . . .
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