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Re: Question for IOR boat owners: when do you reef main?
It depends on whether I am single handed, or with crew. I generally sail with the 115% genoa in wind up to about 25kts, and will put the first reef in the main at about 15kts, with the second going in around 18-20. Subtract a few knots when I am alone, I take things very easy then (1st goes in about 10-12, second at 15-17). New sails would probably increase the reefing point by a few knots.
Above 25 I guess I should really be on the 90% jib, but I have never actually flown it, no furling so I don't want to be going forward to change sails out, and if it's already 25kts when I am at the marina then I am probably staying home that day anyway.
Mine seems to sail fine under headsail alone when it's blowing good, I would rather drop the main and sail that way, less heel, good speed, points well.
1974 C&C27 MkII
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