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post #7 of Old 12-06-2002
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Self-tacking question

I have one of those European boats with a self tacking jib. It is a fractional rig with the working jib and the heavy air jib set up to sheet to a U shaped track. I also carry a large genoa which is tacked conventionally. As I sail the boat by myself for the most part, I absolutely love the self tacking jib. Being fractionally rigged and of good design, my boat sails quite fast in most conditions with working sails only. It is in fact often faster than simalar sized mast head sloops of the same general size which are flying genoas.

P.S. "Wings" is a Maxi Fenix
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