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reefing effects on pointing

44.7 Beneteau
13 knts of wind
sailing close hauled
1 reef same draft location.
do you think this would allow the boat to point higher?
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question is too enigmatic
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the things we read here....NO IT WILL NOT. And I will not explain why...
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Why would you reef at 13 on 44.7 Your Heighness??
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Good sailing breeze to some is......time to reef?

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Why would you reef at 13 on 44.7 Your Heighness??
Eggggzzzactly. Some would call 13 kts. the beginning of a good sailing breeze.

And no, I wouldn't think it would make the boat point higher, but that's just me. Shake the reef out and let that puppy SAIL!
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Ummm.. why would you be reefing in only 13 knots of wind???
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Also, are you reefing the main, the jib or both??? I am guessing that if you reef only one sail, it will have a different effect on the boat's ability to point than if you reef the other or both.

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curiously, why would anyone wants to reef at 13kts wind?
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curiously, why would anyone wants to reef at 13kts wind?
You might reef at 13 knots to get practice reefing the sails, but this is in the racing forum, so I can't see any possible reason for reefing the sails on a 44' boat in only 13 knots of wind. Even on my little 28' boat, I don't start reefing until 20 knots of wind or so.
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I might reef my sails at 13 knots when I see squalls and CuNim baering down on me - better than reefing 10 minutes later in gusty 25-30 knots. So the question still remains valid. I've not compared pointing ability, but conventional wisdom leads me to think a sail is optimized for full sail and progressive reefs decrease performance and consequently worsen the best angle to the wind.
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