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Re: When Do You Reef?
Coronado 25, ten years out of Sausalito, in & outside of San Francisco Bay, in partnership with my Dad, who loved to "bury the rail", he knew better, he just liked to do it, used to make our daughters squeal & my wife dive for cover below.
I was the "referee". In the summer afternoons the stock sails would overpower the boat big time. Finally convinced my Dad to get a smaller jib & installed jiffy reefing, which was a big improvement.
When to reef? as others mentioned, when, or better yet, before the boat is overpowered, lots of variables, gut instinct. When my Dad wasn't with us, I would put the first reef in at the dock. When he was with us, it was a struggle as to when to reef.