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When Do You Reef?

Would be interested to know at what wind speed do you reef your main and jib? Please provide boat type and length.

For myself I normally put in a reef at 20 knots as the wind will be gusting to 25 knots and I sail somewhat conservatively. Boat S&S 34.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

Cape Dory 330 likes to reef @ 15 2nd at 22 or so. It can handle more but sails best when reefed early.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

I reef about 20 also depends a little on what point of sail but usually 18 to 20 kn. i usually reel in the genoa first and then the main if i need less sail. I am in a C & C 25 MK1 sometimes I reef earlier if the little woman is getting sprayed (happy wife =happy captain we are usually just sailing around without a destination.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

C&C 35 Mk III
Upwind 18-20 apparent 1 reef. 25 apparent Furl jib to about 100%.

Also depends on sea state, whether racing and who is onboard.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

Hallberg-Rassy 40. I reef on the helm, not wind speed. Wind speed varies with aspect angle but the helm angle doesn't.

With a 100% jib on the furler I reef the main every time I get weather helm consistently above 10 degrees. After the third reef in the main I furl the jib entirely and fly my staysail.

With a 135% on the furler I roll up the genoa to about 90% first and then start tucking in the main. Again, the threshold is 10 degrees of weather helm.

When things get really sporty I drop the main entirely and wrap the reefing line tails hard around the sail to reduce windage and sail on the staysail.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

I need to reef because of weather helm at around 15 knots with my 100% jib but try to reef well before that. With the 160 Genny it's more like 10 knots. Singlehanded, I need to be very conservative because I don't have everything back to the cockpit. With someone at the helm I would wait a bit longer. The gymnastics needed to get up at the mast and wrap up the sail if the wind is blowing hard is definitely not worth waiting too long.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

Upwind at 17 knots if its going higher. or when the AP has more than 10 degrees rudder.
2nd reef at 25.

I don't believe in silly rules like "if you think about reefing you should have". I think I am always looking at the weather and always its in my mind.

Mine is a light boat.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

8.5M (28') S2. Two answers: I reef when logic tells me to, ie. when she is overpowered and I can tell it. I reef when I am worried. 2nd reason applies more often.
I find that if I am worried about lack of control, a few minutes with too little sail won't hurt anything and when I get more confidence I can put up full sail. However, having roller furling jib helps a lot in this regard as if I think it is too much wind or not comfy, I unfurl less jib but full main. If this doesn't help I go to reef. If it seems ok, i go to full jib.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

I reef pretty much by feel and experience (Bristol 45.5, about 40,000 lbs but with a generous sail plan). The older I get the earlier I reef, probably because the boat is old too and I can't see any point in putting undue stress on anything. It also depends on the type of sailing. Most of what I do is long distances (a few to many days) and discretion makes sense. I have also noticed that there is little if any difference in speed and the boat just feels more comfortable.

i reef the main (furling so I can control the amount of sail area fairly precisely) first and quite a bit before furling the 135%. This reduces any weather helm and makes life much easier for Morley the Monitor. If Morley is happy, I'm happy.
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Re: When Do You Reef?

In 24 reef main about 15 and douse jib (only have a 135 now) at a out 20 then set my home designed "cutter" jib it uses the topping lift as the halyard its self tacking at about 30 I take the second reef.
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