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Michael Dougan

performance aside for a minute, I'd agree with Norm, that having the stays'le there gives you a few more options regarding sail combinations. When the wind is up over 20kts, or if I think the wind might get up over 20kts overnight, then I like to drop the jib and reef the main.

If I get a really scary weather report, I will drop the main entirely and just sail with the stays'le, which my boat sails terrifically under, as long as the wind is up.

I have a couple of reef points in the stays'le, but haven't tried to use them yet. I would probably prefer to have a little storm jib (really not much more than a little triangle of canvas) to put up rather than a reefed stays'le if I expected winds over 35kts (ok,I'm a chicken). Or, I might raise the storm sail in place of the main, as I think that would allow me to lay into the wind better.

My stays'le is on a boom and is self-tending, so, it is a real nice sail to have up when the weather has you concentrating on other things. Plus, the fact that it anchors at the stem makes it feel more reliable than something anchored on the bowsprit.

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