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Re: wind conditions and reefing
In that case the effect is likely to be minimal at best, and could even make the boat tip more. The guys on the high side, when heeled, could be over the centre of mass, while the low side have a considerable arm. As the boat heels more, mass higher up has the effect of reducing the righting moment.
Presumably the folks on the high side are as far or farther from the axis of rotation than the folks on the low side. So their righting arm is as long or longer.
I say "as far or farther" because the center of buoyancy shifts to leeward, which I think implies that the axis of rotation shifts to leeward as well.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch