I am having a second set of reef points put in on my Pearson
26 main. I am going up the coast of Maine
this summer and I want to be prepared to shorten sail if I find myself in a blow.
Here's my question. Since there is only one set of reef points on the sail now, would it make sense to put the second set in the normal spot or would it be wiser to make them deeper (higher on the sail), basically skipping the second set and going straight for a third?
My rationale is the following. A second set of reef points would let me keep up my main in moderately heavy air, but I could also just use a bit more of the furling genoa
at that point. When it really gets rough, the second set of reef points will still leave too much canvas
exposed, and at that point I might be having a harder time maintaining steerage or making to windward whatever the case may be.
Three sets of reef point on this small of a sail seems like overkill, and I can't afford to purchase
a set of storm sails
right now. So how deep should I have them make my second set of reef points?