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How to improve my boat and sails for +20kts wind?
From 4-15kts wind my boat sails great. 15-20 is lively, I tighten backstay, put the (only) reef in the mainsail, and roll in the Genoa 10 turns max. A bit more wind than that though, I start to have issues going upwind. Rolling up the Genoa further makes the sail baggy and the boat starts to get cranky. Furling the Genoa entirely and sailing with just the mainsail is peaceful but the boat is slow and appears to make a lot of leeway. I have sailed just with reefed genoa OK but I heard this puts a lot of stress on the rig? Ultimately I just furl away the genoa and motor w/reefed mainsail unfortunately. I'd like to be able to sail in +20kts.
My setup now:
130% Genoa on roller-furling, sheet blocks are on toe-rail.
Mainsail w/1 reef point
Any suggestions? Do I just need a good working jib? Would be an ordeal to lower the genoa and hoist jib every time the wind kicked up.
1980 S2 9.2A (30') in Anacortes, WA
Aux power 13hp Volvo MD7A
Last edited by FishFinder; 09-09-2009 at 04:44 PM.