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post #10 of Old 10-21-2013
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Re: How high can you point?

Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post
There are a lot of things that effect pointing. Usually a boat can point around 45* from the true wind. Those saying they can tack through 60-70* better be on an all out race boat. 30* off the apparent wind is quite common, but true wind is still another 10-15* off that. Lets stick to talking about the angle we tack through, as that is a much better measure of how a boat points.

Some of the things that effect pointing are:
bottom condition and foils
boat speed
sail condition and cut
rig tension
heel angle
sail trim
weight placement
zz4gta has it right, but, look at each item on his list. Each item has a direct bearing on boat speed. Anything that will maximize boat speed will improve a boat's pointing angle. I'll add one item to his list - helmsmanship (i.e., the ability to find the groove, and to keep it there with the least amount of rudder movement).
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