In regards to reefing while out on the water, I just want to say that it's definitely possible without much risk.
The ability to REDUCE power in the sails , is a No-brainier on
a mono-hull. It was on of the First thing's taught to me ; to match the proper
power in sail aria, for the conditions.
Last week i was out just before sun-set on a NACRA 5.8 in 5 -8mph wind for
two hours. We could have used an Easy 30% more sail aria for those
If I go out in a 15-18mph, and it picks up to 28+ ; I "WILL" have
the ability to reduce power by 33% BEFORE i even think about
going on the water with Any kind of sail-boat. Nobody can predict
the wind with enough accuracy to bet their life on it. And YES there
have bin Plenty of sailors, caught in Freak storms in the past; some
are dead because of it !
*** A few on this thread "HAVE" a practiced Plan to reduce power in
the event of dealing with greater wind than anticipated ; the ones that
Don't have such a plan, i'd suggest Ya get one
Stay Really close to the shore-line at All Times.