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Re: First sail issue (?) - need advice

Originally Posted by BreakAwayFL View Post
.....I'm debating reefing before departure. I agree with reef early principal in general, but this boat has a jiffy reef setup, which makes it really easy to change my mind en route. Well I guess it couldn't hurt, and I can always unreef(?) pretty quickly too.....
That assumes it works under load and you feel acclimated to where the lines are on your new boat. A tet run would be a great idea. I would pull my punch in 20kts in a 25 ft boat on my first sail with her. I know guys that find 35+ footers a handful to manage in 20 kts while beating into the wind and apparant wind increases.

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Re: First sail issue (?) - need advice

A new boat, I would test run the engine for at least a couple of hours at half throttle while tied safely to the jetty. If it won't do that then its not useable at sea.

I would also motor sail at the start of the passage to get some distance down and see how the motor works in moderate conditions.

Its not a trip to test the yacht, its a delivery trip so get it over as quickly as practical then assess what works and what needs improvements after its safely in the pen at home.

Even if the wind is moderate, motor sailing with a reef in should help you reduce stresses in the rig while you see how things work. There is nothing worse than sorting tangles of lines or other housekeeping while trying to learn to sail a yacht in exposed waters.

And if the engine dies, you have to sail.
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