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better your hat than your head... and I bet you tighten up on those reefing lines a bit more as a matter of habit now.
Wish I had some! I may talk to a sailmaker in this areas about adding some. I may refer to them as "training wheels"?

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I may refer to them as "training wheels"?
If you mean reefing lines, then no, you may not! Reefs aren't there to help you to "get used to sailing". In fact, with proper reefing you can even go faster, both in terms of speed-over-water and speed-over-ground. An upright boat experiences less leeway and less weather helm, and her sails create lift more efficiently.
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"Training Wheels" are NOT reef lines. They are for folks that need extra help sailing, so they put two more hulls to the outside of the main hull. The rest of us do not need nor want training wheels.

Reef lines on the other hand, can be a good thing. Along with smaller jibs than std.........depending upon the boat, size etc.

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"Training Wheels" are NOT reef lines. They are for folks that need extra help sailing, so they put two more hulls to the outside of the main hull. The rest of us do not need nor want training wheels.

Reef lines on the other hand, can be a good thing. Along with smaller jibs than std.........depending upon the boat, size etc.

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Not that reefing and reef points are not important, but there are a lot of things you can/should do to depower before you shorten sail. Try flattening the sail with more backstay, and a tighter outhaul. Add some twist in the sails (move your job leads back, traveler up, mainsheet out, etc) , so you depower the top of the sails. I see so many posts saying encouraging early reefing, but almost none talking about the other steps you can take to depower before resorting to shortening sail. This gives the impression that reefing is your first line of defense against being overpowered, it should be your last.
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Yeah, but reefing is so much easier than learning sail trim.
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Lost hats make the best man-overboard drills-- it happens quite unnanounced, you have to get back there quick before it sinks, and "Oscar" is hard to see, so perfect practice for the real thing.

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