A lot of this depends on where you sail. Buzzards Bay often drives people to drop down to a smaller headsail, since the afternoon winds can be pretty interesting... Some of this depends on the boat and the way it is setup. For instance, on a boat with a roller-furling headsail, you might go a bit larger than you would if you had hanked on sails, since you can reef it by rolling it up a bit.
A 176% genny is ridiculous IMHO. Largest commonly used Genny is a 150% like I have on my boat. If you need more sail area for light winds, you're better off with an asym. or a screacher.
BTW, will you be down in Mattapoisett tomorrow?? I'm going down to do some work on my boat in the AM. Be heading back mid-afternoon.
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