Re: How Does Your Islander Sail?
I have a 1971 Islander 30 MKII, and am also puzzled by your need to reef early and also by your decision to scuttle the 155% headsail. I find that my boat is GREAT in heavy air. I always reef my main before changing headsails because that is where most of this boats power comes from. Typically I find myself starting to consider a reef at about 15 kts steady. at 22 kts my 155% comes down and my 130% goes up. At 30kts I go with my 115%. I also can generally maintain half of apparent wind speed untill the boat hits about 7 kts going to windward. I havent made an notes on speed at wind speed but I'll try to pay more attention to it. Although our boats are very similar I believe the Bahama had a slightly taller rig, also I have a fin keel those factors may be the reason that your boat is a little more tender than mine.