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Old 07-26-2012
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Re: wind conditions and reefing

Originally Posted by AndreasNYC View Post
I think my question was not so much about my sailing skills but about technical specifications and how to interpret them.
I added it to my profile, but for the record
I have an ALOA (no H) 34 its from 1974.
I am more trying to figure out what to do when overall wind is below reefing speed but there are gusts that go above. There are of course ways I can adjust the rigging so less wind his the sails, or I can head up-wind in a gust to keep from getting blown over.
Do you think the boat would get blown over in a 30 knot gust? Or just heel some more?
I have a 34 footer draws 6 feet with 5,000 lb lead in the fin keel. I put a reef in the main when the wind hits a constant 20 knots (with gust to 25). and reef the furler jib a little. At 30 knots I would have two reefs in the main and the jib in more. was sailing like this once when gust hit over 40 k and suddenly started to lay the boat down more than I liked- quickly released the main sheet and boat came back (a little scary when single handing). I would set the sails for the largest gust expected. I'd rather be going slow and in total control.
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