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I have two questions:

1. I'm moving my late model Rhodes 19 to an area where 15 to 20+ knot winds are typical. This is significantly more than what I'm used to. Can anybody please guide me regarding what to expect in terms of when to reef the boat (it's in a protected harbor, so waves aren't a consideration) and also how to maximize the rigging. I have jiffy reefing for the main with one set of points now, and I hank on the jib. I use a homemade downhaul to bring down the jib consisting of a line connected to the head of the sail and run through a block to the cockpit. There is presently mid-boom sheeting to a fiddle block, and at this point do not have an adjustable backstay. The boom vang on this boat is very lightweight, but I've heard that the booms are delicate.

2. My other concern is that I'm getting excessive weather helm and would appreciate any suggestions on how to tame that.

Thanks very much.
 

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I race one back about the time they invented water. don't remember all the tuning stuff but there is some tuning stuff and a forum athttp://www.rhodes19.org/common/index.php?com=rhod&div=EE&nav=EE&page=E08
 

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In increasing winds, the boat will sail OK with just the main and then just the jib. The original boom section is undersized, if you have mid-boom with a single block, I would recommend you rework the sheeting to two blocks at least a foot apart, that will reduce the chance, that when sheeted hard in a breeze you will break the boom (been there, done that). Hopefully you have a traveller, if not, you should install one.
 

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The good thing is, the R-19s like a bit of a breeze and are fun to sail in 15-20. In really light air, they're kind of undercanvassed for their weight, so breeze is good. Enjoy.
 
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