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Old 10-06-2008
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A #3 and a #1 is a prudent set of headsails. If it is expected to be windy why would you go out with a #1 on your furler? Chnage down to #3 before you go out and maybe even put it on for months of Sept and Oct.

A #3 does not take up much room and having one aboard makes sense. The boat will handle better, be flatter and be safer. A half olled headsail just does not offer the same comfort or performance.

I think EVERY cruising boat should know how to change headsails on the fly and be practiced at it. If you are under crewed then a prudent boat would have on the #3 anyway and still have a storm jib below if going out for any cruise, etc...

... and the answer is YES - it is far easier to take down a #3 to switch to a storm sail than it would be to take down a #1 to do the same.

Mike
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