Open for discussion - I notice a lot of people tend to carry a lot of sail for the conditions. A lot of the older (80's) mid-size boats (~30-35 feet) around here have been modified with roller furling
and 150% gennys, including ours.
When just cruising around, I find that as soon as the wind
tops 10kts steady if I furl in the genny to about 100% everyone has a better ride and we don't lose much speed. Less boat heel and need to monitor
every gust etc. Also balancing the sail plan helps a ton with weather helm
. We notice that at higher wind
speeds (15-20kts) our ST1000 autopilot
will struggle unless we are well balanced, but at those wind speeds we are doing it all ourselves anyway. When cruising we'll take in a reef when the wind is at 20kts and we are already furled to 100%.
Much above that we'll take in a second reef and furl in to about 80%. If we get anything higher than 25 we are probably having a thunderstorm and we are at the club drinking beer
When it's just me, my partner and the boys we let it all hang out and ride the rails.