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Re: looking for past or present owners of 1970 through 73 cal 27s
what do you think about roller furling jibs? I was thinking I could do a genoa and the main, using the roller furler to reduce the jib area.
Jack.. especially early on, but really in general and esp when going upwind using a roller to 'reef' a jib is far from ideal. You'd be way better off with a properly sized jib for the conditions (by all means roll it up to furl it - that's convenient and there's even a safety aspect to that when shorthanded.)
I'd suggest that you start out with a 100%-ish jib until you get the hang of things, getting caught in puffs as you learn the balance and steering of this new-to-you boat will be less dramatic. A genoa will help in light air, esp since you're so 'hardcore', but it won't take a lot of wind to be able to move nicely without a large headsail. Tacking is also sooo much easier with the smaller sail.
But.... one of the wisest bits of advice often given to new owners is 'sail the boat as is for a season before deciding on any changes'... you may well find that fewer changes are needed, or those that are are not ones you first considered.
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