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Location: Wilson, NY
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Any sloop will always perform better with a jib and main set properly to wind conditions - especially upwind. Sometimes one might not care about efficiency when day sailing and choose to go with only one or the other because it is less set up. Usually, with roller furling, the jib would be the choice. It is a lot less work for a day sail. The boat may sail nicely this way, but it is not sailing to its potential.
It may actually be a more comfortable sail to use the jib or main alone because you reduce heel and have less to tend. You will go slower. For a day sail - no big deal.
In heavy weather, or when you want speed, the boat will almost always perform better when balanced with a main and jib sized appropriatley for wind conditions.