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Old 20-05-2011, 11:02   #16
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Re: Greater Angles when Reefed

Hi FN,

I'm guessing you have the shoal draft version of your boat? That would affect pointing ability.

I have a 393, and I found Neil Pryde's sail trim guides helpful for initially tuning in the headsail. There is one for the 411 also:

http://www.neilprydesails.com/pdfs/4...ng%20Guide.pdf

Hope that link works, if not just google "411 headsail tuning guide neil pryde".

I also recommend reefing the main prior to and more than the genoa if you are not already doing so.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Greater Angles when Reefed

Yeah.... alot of things going on. Furled sails even with luff pads are terrible compared with putting up the right sail for the job. They are the bees knees for the cruiser though. On my 44 and 47 footer, my headsail was about 115-120% high cut. I found greater speed as the wind piped up by reefing the main and flattening the boat a little first. Not sure about AWA.
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Re: Greater Angles when Reefed

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I'm guessing you have the shoal draft version of your boat? That would affect pointing ability.
Affects course but not pointing as measured by AWA (apparent wind angle)

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I also recommend reefing the main prior to and more than the genoa if you are not already doing so.
Generally, on a beat, the main is not reefed until one has switched down to a small headsail. With a genoa up a depowered main, flat and traveler down, does not contribute much to either heeling or drag. If there is enough pressure to need to reef, then there is too much pressure for the light cloth of a genoa. Genoa and reefed main is unbalanced on a beat. When off the wind and cruising such a configuration might be useful.
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Re: Greater Angles when Reefed

"Genoa and reefed main is unbalanced on a beat." I dont know....I think thats a real broad statement. Maybe with a 150% genoa. A 115-120%, (which I think is still technically a genoa) and a reefed main is not unbalanced at all. In fact I've found it to be about perfect on at aleast 3 different boats to 47 feet.
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I don't know the exact setup but 40 degrees on a roller furler ain't that bad on that type of boat. Certainly she will pinch at 30 degrees

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FN, one last bit... If you aren't yet a member of the Beneteau 393 Yahoo Group you might find it worthwhile to sign up. Our Bene's are very similar...like-minded people with like-minded boats. For example, there is a thread on best reefing practices on a 393 while beating upwind...

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