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Old 10-09-2007
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Jim how does your helm feel when it breezes up? Can you get the boat to balance with sail trim alone? You should be able to balance your boat where it will practicly steer its self.
"Practically?" There's no "practically" to it. On some tacks we can literally let go of the tiller and it stays put. My wife has, more than once, let go the tiller to grab a drink of water simply because her tiller hand was closer to her water bottle

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The net results were;
1 no more excesive weather helm Boat will almost self steer
Already there.

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2 cut 10 degees off of our over all tacking angle
Yet to be seen. (See below.)

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3 gained almost a full knot by not having the keel and sails doing battle
Already there. We're been getting good speed (5-6 kts DDW in 5-6 kts of true wind. Repeatable. A couple of max speeds, so far: 7.5 kts on a beam reach, w/just the main, reefed, in 15 kt winds, gusting to near 20 kts. [Our 1st time out.] 8.2 kts on a close reach in 15 kt [?] winds with the 155 up.)

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4 upped our enjoyment sailing the boat by ten fold. It is way easier to balance and depower now we don't get that over powered feel to the boat untill about 20+knts. She stays on her feet better which makes Joni really happy
Yet to be seen. (See below.)

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5 We did all this with ten year old tiered sails.
What we've been flying are 31 years old .

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Then bought a new head sail and it just got even better.
We bent-on the new main last weekend. Thing looks like it's hardly been used. We brought out the light 155 and we'll be bringing the heavy 155 with us next weekend. (It's Kevlar, apparently. The new main is Dacron. I don't know what the light 155 is. Wifey says it's somewhere between off-white and kinda tan. Mylar? Kevlar?)

The rigging is all straightened out. Had some guests from Canada at the club this weekend. (Apparently they come every year at this time to spend Canadian Thanksgiving Day at our club.) Mentioned to one of them our suspicions about our rigging. "Ask Brian," he replied, "He'll know. Brian's forgotten more about rigging than most people will ever know." Well, Brian did know. And he spent about a half-hour or 45 minutes with us, a pair of wrenches and a screwdriver, getting our rigging tuned. Then gave us a lesson on the back-stay tensioner: When and how much to use .

We're very much looking forward to this-coming weekend, to see how she sails now!

(Now if only those damn weeds will float off...)

Jim
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