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When to raise mainsail on 26 foot S2
Relatively new sailors with 26 foot S2 and 15 horsepower inboard. We motor out of the mooring field before sailing, and then at the end of the sail we motor back in. Should we raise the mainsail at the mooring, or wait till we clear the mooring field? (Water can be choppy outside of the mooring field, and without the main raised, the boat is a bit unpredictable in it's behavior.
What is the general rule of thumb here?) Also on the return, should we leave the main up till we get back to the mooring...or take it down prior? Any suggestions appreciated.