Main important thing is have teltails on main and jib.
Allows for you to see the flow and adjust your lines to let the wind flow thru with teltails out .
With a 150 genoa this won't happen until you sheet in.
The 150 works great in winds under 8 knots beating.
You have a Mac.S and can out perform a X or M with just a 105 jib except down wind.(almost dead even, have recorded 7.2 knots steady with winging the jib, no current)
Maybe Rick and Linda with their S Mental floss can chip in as we both sailed togeather in diffrent wind conditions.
My last New Year cruise with 2 other mac.X's and one M with new main sail proved how beating to windward in apporx. 8-10 knots of wind can come as close to 38 to 40 degrees apparent wind and still maintain good speed.
It's just pratical experance with me and I don't like to heel more than 15 degrees with gusts to 20 degrees.
The MacX can beat to windward in 2 ft. seas under 40 degrees and still maintain speed in a 8-12 mph wind.
There is much to be said to how to do it and balance your sails and rigging.
Oh...forgot this, reefing the genoa or jib 10 percent will keep the leach and luff good shape, after 20 % you start to lose shape depending on the cut shape. Usually you should do a 30 % reduction on a good headsail before it starts to flake coil.
DaveB wrote:.....I like the 105 jib as I posted previous. There are times I wished I had a 150 genoa but I like the better shape of the 105 and being able to beat closer to windward. Dave
I might have this wrong, but I think I've read that if you furl a sail in more that 10% it really starts loosing its shape and isn't near as effective. If this is true then even our 135 would not be very good when furled into jib size. I'll bet that we would of been happy with a 105 for the way we sail. Also furled in the center of effort starts going higher and higher. There again if this is true a 150 would be really bad furled down to jib size and trying to beat close to the wind. I think you got a good combo
On the bearing deal at this point we don't see where they would of helped us. I was going to order the CDI with bearings, but Martin at Somerset sails who we got the new sails and CDI from talked me out of it and he could of made more money if we would of gone with them. He felt for our boat size they just weren't needed and would be one more maintenance item. Still it is a personal decision one has to make for themselves,
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