I pass at 30 kts unless I have little choice. Anything over 20 kts is not fun for non-sailing passengers. This is on a boat that doesn't need any reefing before 20 kts, even 25 kts if steady.
Are you sailing the 26 now? Some would, but I would not like 40 kt in that boat and would most certainly start fully reefed. Even if you are good enough to see the gust coming across the water, it's probably too late to reef.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.