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I must admit that I tend to use halyard tension more than cunningham adjustment but that may be simply a case of our sail track not jamming even under quite high loads. If it does feel a bit tight then two possibilities, one I have the helmsman luff her up for a second while I give a quick turn on the halyard winch or if that's not looking feasible then it's two, time to reef. Note that our old dear is only 34 feet loa with mast only 40 feet above the deck. If she had a taller rig this would be harder to accomplish so the cunningham would be a must.
Faster touched on this, almost everyone reefs too late. The old saying is that if you think it's time to reef you probably should already have done so. It's a whole lot easier to shake out a reef than put one in so if the wind drops you can increase sail with no huge effort. Reefing the main on an already overpowered boat is not a great deal of fun.
Presuming that your headsail is on a furler and given that a partially furled sail is never at it's best you are better to try and keep full sail up front and reef you main. On our boat which has an inner forestay I hank on and tie to the deck our storm jib if it looks like a blow is imminent. Procedure is then to drop in a reef (I usually go straight to a double) , then furl the genoa completely and raise the storm jib. I must confess however that the only time I have performed this all the way through to the raising of the storm jib was in a deadcalm as a practice run. I've never experienced winds high enough with this boat to do the whole procedure.
Originally Posted by jmunson2
Ahh...I get it...by keeping the main sheeted in one has flattened the sail, and then by allowing the main to travel off-wind changes the angle of attack...
A bit more complicated than the Sunfish...
I didn't worry about reefing, just kept sailing on as pinched a course as possible and she went quite well. The breeze didn't feel that bad to me - strong, but not bad. The Bayfield needs a strong breeze as she's a bit heavy.
I'll work on the traveling part as I'm not used to that...
We do have a "downhaul" (as my brother called it).
We'll work on it all...
Thanks for the advice!
/s/ Jon C. Munson II
“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Nation
Last edited by tdw; 10-18-2006 at 07:43 PM.