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Old 14-11-2011, 10:23   #31

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Re: Lavezzi Reefing Levels

Originally Posted by ShaunJ View Post
lE dOUME, Where exactly does it say Mono's can not post here?
Hi Shaun ,
Well it does not say that anywhere , but to open the ' discussion" one has to open the " Fountaine Pajot" forum , and the last time that I looked , this manufacturer DOES NOT BUILD MONO!
This forum is a great place to exchange views amongst catamaran owners in general , and FP owners in particular, which is extremely helpfull. I also own a small Beneteau , and do use another section of the forum to exchange views with fellow mono racers .
Have a fantastic time on the water with your vessel .

Happy sailing

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Old 23-11-2011, 05:52   #32
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Re: Lavezzi Reefing Levels

Hi to all FP owners, I use on my Lavezzi the following: upto 18 knots... no reefing. Between 18 - 24 first reef on the main and the genoa. Between 24 - 30 knots, 2nd reef on both, 30 -34 knots, 3 reef on both, 34-40 knots, lowered main and genoa on 4th mark. Now, these numbers change when wind angels are 120-180. Some comments on this: obviously and in some occasions (gusts) i let it sail as is and dont feel this is too much strain on the rig, but usualy i am very alert to follow these (manufacturer manual) guide lines, and indeed once reefed things just handle better. In the region where i am now, i usualy start sailing with the first reef in. One of the reasons is that, to put a reef in, i find it at some times rather cumbersome (single handed): first to furl the genoa, keep her in the wind, put the reef in, and then get back on course, unfurling the genoa... (at least that is how i do it). Also, and in addition a question to the forum: how abt using genaker sails (i have one 138sqm) and feel safe to use this one (no main, no genoa) upto 15 knots winds, but actualy i think that this genaker is so large that maybe i should stop using it above 10 knots. I would like to learn the experiences of the members of this forum. Best rgds and fair winds..
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Old 23-11-2011, 12:33   #33

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Re: Lavezzi Reefing Levels

Hi Pieter,
I to do a fair amount of single handed either on my Lavezzi or on FP's deliveries so I have worked out a simple system which helps me put reefs in . Basically I have made what can only be described as a " long cuningham"with a 3 to 1 purchase so when I hoist the main , I attach one end ( hook) to the fitting on the main and the other end is on the u fitting on the mast . This allows me to then bring the main down under tension while I slowly release the halyard when a reef is needed . once the tension is OK I then take the reefing line in , this can be repeated up to the third reef.
I to have a " screecher " mounted on the proder , and I have used it up to 20 knots TWS , although furling it with that wind strenght can be " interesting ", so up to 15 knots its a great sail providing good SOG.

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