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Old 06-06-2003
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Sailing Cutters

One other point, Cutters do not point as high as sloops. In order to keep the two slots open on a cutter the sheeting angle is kept wider than can be achieved on a fractional rigged sloop. When you are single-handing, the number and frequency of tacks becomes a lot more important. Offshore it is no big deal, you simply sail a half day longer before your tack again, but as you approach a coast or work up a harbor or river this can become very important. This becomes more critical in an opposing current where a few degrees of pointing ability can make the difference between one pair of tacks and literally a dozen.

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