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post #28 of Old 02-09-2007
CharlieCobra
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My V-21 has no winches, just cleats. Tacking singlehanded is simply tacking slowly enough to loosen the lee sheet and reset it about 5' further down (each boat is different) sliding over to pull the new lee sheet tight as she comes through the wind, cleating down and straightening your course. I've gotten where I can tack and be set on the new course in less than 15 seconds singlehanded. I don't have reefs so if the wind comes up I just either make the cabin windows a planing surface or pinch up tighter and move the mainsheet down since I have no traveller. It makes for as wild of a ride as ya care to do if ya like it that way. Practice, practice and more practice is the best way to learn the boat.
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