Re: Wind indicator NOT for mast top
I sail up in N.H. on lake Winnepasaki with my Dad sometimes. Wacthing the water is exactly how I tell what the wind is doing, going to do, and is doing up ahead. Talk about squirly. I'll be the first to say that I am not a "Performance sailor.' I'm a cruiser at heart and a Delivery Capt. for dough. I set the sail to the coarse I need. I pull the sail in till it stops flapp'n and I start moving. Then I mess with it's shape till I'm satisfied that I'm gett'n everything I can out of her. If my dest. is up it, I point as high as I can into the true wind, and bend the sails to the apparent, I guess that's what I'm doing anyway's. I do what I need to get her to run. Some boats run faster zig zag'n down the wind, some, like mine, love to sled straight down it. The fins that I deliver prefer a zig. Either way you slice it, the motion of the boat, wind in my face, and the shape of the sails tell me everything I need to know. Ya, in a wind shift, the seas can get confused and boiling, especially in the Gulf Stream. Still one can look in to the wind to determain it's direction, true or apparent.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 03-29-2013 at 08:25 PM.