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Mike McCoy

With all the hurricanes flinging themselves about here & there I thought I might ask a question about cutter sail management in heavy weather:

When the weather starts picking up and after the first reef in the main sail which sail should you douse first, the jib or staysail?

Not having sailed a cutter rig before I would *guess* the staysail first as it has the largest area.

Or on the other hand, might I want to douse the jib first? (as the pulpit is the last place I want to have to be on later if the wind & seas pick up more ;)

Maybe someone could map out a basic 'plan' as the weather builds, e.g.

1. 15-20 kn 1st reef in mainsail
2. 20-25 kn douse staysail
3. 25-30 kn 2nd reef in mainsail
4. 30-35 put up storm jib
5. 35+ put up trysail

The above is just a guess on my part of what to do on a cutter in deteriorating conditions. While I know different conditions call for different strategies and there's no hard/fast setpoints (other than do it earlier than you think) it's kinda the basic 'rule of thumb' info of what I'm looking for.

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