Originally Posted by michaelmrc
ok so if im looking for a new furling system any recommendations on type as well can someone tell me what size of sail i should be looking for. i see 110 135 and 150's why would i not go right to the 150 and reduce if necessary.thanks
IF you are going after a reefing as well as a roller furler
headsail, and you should, the larger the sail, the more of it ends rolled up to get to say 100% the worse the sail shape, all things being equal. That said our Cape Dory
25D has furlex 130 that I routinely reef to 100% and she points just fine. Be sure to move the sheet leads forward. You also want to get a foam luff to help with reefed sail shape.
At this point the winds are well over 30, we've had her out in 45 (on purpose) so beating hard to windward is usually not what we do. She will though if push comes to shove. It's just very wet and gets old fast. We go out in these winds to try different sail combos to see what works best. The number one thing you need to be able to do is reef and reef deep. We have two reefs
in our main and a third is coming. Our narrow, slack bilged Cape Dory
, just doesn't need or want much main. First reef at 15 or so 2nd and 20 with the headsail next to be reefed if not already partialy rolled.