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Maybe this is a healthy debate, or maybe it's a debate which will only make adversaries of those who would otherwise be friends. But....
In post #21 I gave my opinion. Nothing since then (and this is a theme that has been hashed to death, I gather) has changed it. I could be suffering from the blinders of a monohull sailor. But, regardless of who reefs earlier, if nevertheless you find yourself with mast pointed towards the bottom of the ocean, would you like it to be a very temporary thing, before your hull's natural stability seeks to re-right itself, or a permanent thing?
I would vote the former. Plus, I like to sail upwind more than almost anything else, and tack on windshifts as they present themselves without having to wonder if it's worth it.
But of course I defer to those with more actual experience on either type of hull.....