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Bob, we are sailing a version of the Nicholson 345, also a 3/4 frac and are currently running an extra roach mainsail and a small non overlapping jib.
I do feel we are underpowered until about 10 knots true, and would also like to go to a 135% or so headsail for those times. I doubt going to a 150 would be all that much better given the proportion of power than is in the largish main.
The ease of handling and tacking the smaller headsail is a big bonus, but we generally are cruising doublehanded. For racing I'd say you would do well with a variety of headsails to match conditions... some racers will even have a 'light #1" (153% or so) and a heavy #1 (same size) to optimize for the day.
Keep in mind, too, though, that your rating will be affected by the sails you carry, and often the trade off can be acceptable in terms of settling for the smaller sail and getting the rating break. Once you know the benefits of your own boat and how she performs in various conditions you can make those kinds of calls.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)