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Old 04-07-2010
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It really depends a lot on the boat. Some boats do fine with a heavily reefed mainsail, others require at least a bit of jib to be able to work to windward well and balance the boat properly.

Another option would be to have something like the Gale Sail, pre-rigged and ready to go. That would give you a fairly small storm jib that would also help secure the roller furling genny from unfurling accidentally.

Setting up a downhaul for the main might help with dousing it completely, but requires one more line be lead aft.
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