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post #27 of Old 05-20-2008
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Originally Posted by Lucy54 View Post
Thanks again everyone. I will be saying "the further it heels, the more force it takes to go over, the more it wants to right" this weekend and let you know if it works. I like that!
The best 'hands on' description I come up with of the physics of keelboats is to take a hammer - head down - and hold it between a couple fingers at about mid handle (or have your husband do it if you can't). Move the handle end from side to side and notice how easy it is when it's close to vertical how much-much harder it gets as you move (heel) it more than 20 or 30 degrees. Also notice that the handle above your fingers if it was a sail is going to be spilling a lot of its wind. So...... It's a "lose - lose" for the wind and a "win - win" for the keel in the constant battle of moving the lever of your keelboat. All the talk in the world may not help... but maybe a different form of hands on might help you ..... Feel it.

'Christy Leigh'
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Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI
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