Re: Lead 'boot' - yes/no?
micheck: If you want to "stand up the boat", have you made sure your sails are in proper shape and that you are good at knowing when to reef? Sails that are stretched out--not necessarily obvious to the casual observer--will make it more difficult to go to weather and have you heeling more than necessary.
It might be worth the effort to check your speed made good (with a GPS) before and after reefing. You may discover that you have not reefed as soon as you might. In our case, my better half will remind me that we aren't going any faster at a heel angle of 20 degrees than we would at 15 degrees with a reef in. BTW, my boat is in the 12000 lb displacement category as well.