I've read some sailing books and they suggest adjusting the downhaul according to sailing directions and weather conditions. Loose downwind, some tension when reaching in medium weather, and taunt in heavy winds.
So I have some questions for the community...
How tight is your downhaul? Is it so tight you have a big luff in the luff of the sail? Is it just tight enough to aid in furling? Did you even install it? My dealer didn't.
Do you adjust your downhaul while sailing? Before leaving the launch according to conditions?
I removed the stock line Hobie uses and replaced it with 3mm spectra cord. I can get a three to one mechanical advantage with it.