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Re: sailing with a partially furled headsail
People tend to attend to halyard tension with their mains but less with their jibs when cruising. Found before using the roller furler a bit more tension on halyard helps. Once headsail is even partially furled adding tension is more difficult. Guess the sail itself when even a little furled adds friction.
Also find adjusting hydraulic backstay is best done before furling for same reason.
After these two adjustments find you get a better flatter shape with no wrinkles. Also less head stay sag which noticeable helps.
Also note sails are build for a particular wind speed range. There is no getting around that. We are noticeably faster with solent then genny above 15kts. even if genny rolled to present same area. We are noticeably faster with two sails up and the boat's sailplan in balance ( neutral helm). Tendency to sail just main or just jib ( except DDW- then faster with twin headsails and no main) should be avoided even if it's "easier". Also think it's harder on the boat and AP when not in balance.
For most boats "flat is fast". Usually faster after reefed and properly trimmed. This may be different if you have rule cheating overhangs.
Last edited by outbound; 06-08-2016 at 10:51 AM.