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post #4 of Old 02-08-2007
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You said you were sailing on the mainsail alone, with the boat sailing on a beam reach, and you had to run to the tiller about every minute to steer the boat, while you attached and raised the jib. Try putting the boat on a course about halfway between a beam reach and a beat, and lash the tiller a couple of degrees to windward. I think you'll find that you won't have to run back and forth to the tiller anymore. When you do go forward, walk on the leeward side of the boat. The boat should self steer much better when you're sailing on the main alone.
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