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Re: New twist on age old question: when to reef?
Reefing the main will also lower the center of effort more than partially rolling up a headsail. So reefing the main can reduce heeling much more dramatically than furling the headsail, albeit at the potential expense of helm balance (as stated earlier). But, since weather helm tends to become a problem in many boats as they become over canvased, reefing the main is often the best first move (it sure seems to be on my boat), then rolling up a bit of headsail if you still feel the need to reduce sail.
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