i have an older, reefable main and i use it when i'm sailing solo. i weigh about 160. if its blowing 20 or over, i leave the jib on the beach and sail 'uno style'. i started with a h 14 so tacking without the jib is not a problem, actually easier than a 14 'classic' because the 16's extra weight helps shoot through the tack. theres plenty of performance available for me with the reduced rig, hull flying is easy and predictable. if you reef properly i dont think theres any extra strain on the sail, the reef points are tied just tight enough to keep the foot from flapping around. the loads are on the halyard, tack, and outhaul.