Last Man Standing
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I agree with Minne. I'm in Texas too (Austin) so it's always gusty and swirly. On our C27, she's rock solid up to about 20 knots with full sail...though a bit of a handful. And she's okay with a single reefed main and 110 up to 30. At 40, it really turns into work and caution. And I've never been out in 50 (except in a squall where I was sheltered by a cliff).
In general, I try to set the sails as full as I can get away with for the general conditions, then pay very close attention to the water to read the gusts and ease very quickly. I like fast.
Overall, 15-20 is definitely the sweet spot for us. Even our newb passengers have been good with it as long as I explain the whole heeling thing before hand.
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