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If you decide to go ahead and get a slab-reef in your genoa, don't just let the sailmaker put a horizontal set of reef points at %30 of the sail area. Have him angle the reef in such a way as the new reefed clew, when set, will have a similar but slightly more horizontal angle of the sheet with the SAME CAR POSITION. This will allow you to reef without also having to change your genoa car positions and will simplify the reefing operation significantly. Also the slightly more horizontal pull, in favor of an identical sheet angle to the unreefed state, is better for higher winds.
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And Faster's explanation above is perfect for how it all works. However, I never like the sausage. It's probably better if your headsail trims inside your lifelines/shrouds - but it really did get messy tacking with that thing. And keep in mind - I sail in a lake so I do TONS of tacking. Off shore it probably wouldn't matter as much.

All that said, I'm definitely a fan of rollers over hanks.
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All that said, I'm definitely a fan of rollers over hanks.
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All that said, I'm definitely a fan of rollers over hanks.
I don't think I would switch from roller furling to hanks, if I already had roller furling equipment on board. However, with a number of argument in both columns, I don't see myself switching to roller furling just yet. And yes, I think size does matter. I would want to keep the sausage short enough to stay off the lifelines and inside the shrouds. I'm a lake sailor too, but, could stay on the same tack for a couple of days.
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I don't think I would switch from roller furling to hanks, if I already had roller furling equipment on board. However, with a number of argument in both columns, I don't see myself switching to roller furling just yet. And yes, I think size does matter. I would want to keep the sausage short enough to stay off the lifelines and inside the shrouds. I'm a lake sailor too, but, could stay on the same tack for a couple of days.
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