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It is a pity we did not have a storm trisail and jib for that Sunday (11/16) when we had 50 knot gusts on the Sound with sustained winds in the mid 30's. As someone suggested though you should try rigging them before you really need them. That Saturday under bare poles we were doing 5+ knots while waiting to enter Port Jefferson harbor while the ferry exited the channel.
I am not sure how much a sail loft will charge to put in a 3rd reef point on your old main sail but it could be done for cheaper then a whole new main (obviously). Some sail makers will try to convince you to get a new sail instead of spending less money on adding reef points to an old one.
I have priced storm sails for my 27' boat and thought they were pretty inexpensive but those sails would be pretty small for the Bene505 you own. Apparently a trisail is typically flown without using the boom as an attachment point for the clew although there is no reason you could not use your reefing lines to attach to the clew (unless your boom was gone). For this reason the trisail usually is rigged with two sheets as opposed to one main sheet for the boom in a normal sloop setup.
In the kinds of wind that would make sense to be using a storm trisail and jib it would make sense to remove the main sail from the boom (not to mention Bimini etc) for all the extra windage it presents. For this reason alone it might make sense to just add the 3rd deep reefing point as it is not such an easy job of unloading the main from the boom with your Lazy Jack set up (or my main sail with it's Dutchman setup for that matter) with the decks pounding.
In the interest of not being cheap but not wasting money I like the idea of the 3rd reef point on the main. We could have used that back in November as well.
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