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post #6 of Old 07-02-2008
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Generally tacking a multihull is somewhat different. Posted at my helmstation in case I forget:

Decide if you really need to tack (stay away from hard objects or shallow (2 feet) depths. Check the speed log and or GPS to make sure you are actually in the water. Try to remember if you are anchored, if not procede, if so you probably don't need to tack after all.

Inform the Admiral that the position of the sun and direction of the wind may change momentarily, she might need to adjust her position for optimum suntan.

Put down your drink, you may need both hands.

Approach the helm, look up and forward to the jib and determine which way you will tack, left or right). Push the appropriate buttons on the Autopilot to enable the tack.

Release the working jib from the self tailing winch, do not unwrap the line.



When (if) the bow crosses the wind the jib will flap louder than the music, this is your clue that you are about to back wind the jib and you should look forward.

When the jib is backwinded, count to three, or four, slowly.

Release the wraps on the winch so the jib sheet runs free.

Walk over to the new working winch, put three wraps on the winch but do not tail the line.


Pull in the jib sheet to remove all slack, do not strain yourself as neither speed nor effort matter.

If the jib remains backwinded you are caught in irons and are possibly screwed. If anyone is watching, announce loudly that you have decided to take a break and are now 'hove to', release the main sheet a little bit and go back to your drink - it will still be where you left it.

If caught in irons, turn to the 'caught in irons' page of this manual and follow the instructions.

If the jib is not back winded you are truly fortunate, winch in the slack until at least one of the tell tales is fluttering in the breeze (sort of horizontal). You can winch until they all are horizontal if you want, doesn't matter too much.

Look up at the main and if the tell tales are not hanging limp you are done. If they are hanging limp pull in or let out on the mainsheet and observe the tell tales, play with it until at least one tell tale is fluttering.

Check the speedlog and or GPS to make sure you are moving through the water.

Check the autopilot, if it is cycling insanely and beeping you probably can't make what it considers to be a good course, hit the standby button, wait a second and hit the auto button, it will now maintain your current course as it's new course. You should probably look up to see if anything is in your way. If so blow the horn three times and flip this page to the 'Collision response directions' side and follow the instructions.

Go back to where you left your drink, it will still be there.

Admire the Admiral in her new postion leeringly (if leeringly is not a word you know what I mean).

Ponder the joy of sailing until your next forced tack.

Needless to say, if I'm racing it's somewhat different. I put the assym centerboards down so I can point better. I don't understand how a centerboard impacts how well my index finger points to the wind, but I follow instructions.
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