Great forum you have here. My father and I are teaching ourselves (well, being taught by lots of books) aboard a C27 in Puget Sound (well, we haven't actually left Sinclair Inlet yet
). We've already found much useful info in here.
I have a question I was hoping folks could chime in on though: like the subject says, what comes next when a reefed main and the smallest headsail you have are still overpowered? Obviously we have to drop a sail, but I'm wondering which one is recommended and why?
I'm guessing it may depend on the point of sail? I don't think this particular boat will point very well at ALL with just the jib up; even with a reefed main and the 110 jib, lee helm is pronounced when near the wind, and tacking is almost difficult. (Guess we have to get the roller furler working so we can "reef" the jib and rebalance things... or get a smaller jib lol).
SO: drop the main or drop the jib? One or the other depending on point of sail, or always stick with one or the other regardless of wind direction? And why?
Lastly, less you think we're getting far over our heads too quickly - when I say the reefed-main-and-small-jib sailplan is "overpowered", I mean that for our purposes. I'm sure most of you would be comfortable sailing the boat rigged that way, in the 15-20kt max winds we're trying to hold ourselves to. We haven't dipped a rail in the water yet. But we've typically got two admirals on board who wouldn't dig that at all, and we're just trying to be conservative as we learn.
Thanks much for all input, and feel free to harshly criticize me if I'm missing a basic tenet here.