BTW, one reason a sailor might choose to sail to windward via a series of close reaches, rather than close hauled, is many boats will pick up a significant amount of speed if you are sailing on a close reach, compared to close hauled, and in many cases, the DMG towards the destination is better on the close reach, since you gain more in increased boat speed than you lose in added distance travelled.
This is also true of many boats when sailing downwind. A broad reach 15-20˚ off of dead down wind often yields significantly higher boat speeds, especially for a mulithull, where hull speed isn't really a limiting factor.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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