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Figured I go with the gybing part as well.
Gybing a Multihull.
If hard pointy objects or silly stuff like reaching a destination force you to maneuver your boat and gybing (turning the sail boat around by turning away from the wind) is required the following steps are germaine:
Inform the Admiral that you find it necessary to maneuver the boat, her sun tan and cooling breezes might be affected.
Put down your drink, two hands might be needed if it gets hairy.
Check the wind speed, if over 10 knots true turn to the ‘dropping the sails’ page after first completing the instructions on the ‘starting the motor’ page.
If the wind speed is safe for the intended operation continue
Check to make sure the Admirals bikini moved with her – if not, stop everything (momentarily). If so, frown and continue.
Note some cap’ns insist you can gybe with both jib and main at the same time. This is a simpler, safer, and more restful method. Let the other guys do the hairy scary stuff on their boats.
The safest way is to furl the jib, or screacher (depending on which you are trying to use) first. If the jib is out (the little sail, with the black UV cover) release the jib sheet from the winch and let it flap, grasp the skinny green and white line to starboard of the helm and after un-cleating both the sheet and the furler (let’s not try THAT again) pull it in hand over hand while watching the jib sail roll itself up.
If the screacher is in use it’s the same but with the red screacher sheet and the black and white furler line. It’s also harder to furl because it is bigger (and therefore only recommended if you have a ‘volunteer’ crew on board to do the work).
Cleat the furling line, no need to go through ‘that’ again either.
Sample the drink, you’ve earned it.
Approach the helm – cursing Raymarine for having a ‘auto tack’ feature by not a ‘auto gybe’ feature disengage the autopilot by putting it in standby and releasing the clutch (the gray lever behind the wheel).
Announce ‘Gybing’ (I don’t know what this does, but all the other guys do it).
Pull the mainsheet (red string at the center of the pulley thingee) all the way tight. The boat will slow down considerably.
Turn the wheel four full turns towards the main sail
The boom and main sail will cross (eventually) to the opposite side of the boat – pulling in the mainsheet means it will do it slower and with less slamming. I recommend it as the crashing noises might interfere with the music playing in the background.
Once the boom has crossed the back of the boat, turn the wheel back to the center, four full turns.
Look up and see where you are going, check the wind direction. Check the speed log and or GPS and see if you are moving. If somehow you are still moving start letting out the main sheet again.
If you have stopped moving turn to the page “starting the motor”.
Assuming you are moving you can now establish a course (direction to sail) – remember the most important part of establishing a course is picking a direction that provides the longest possible time period before you have to move again, this includes trimming the sails (see page ‘making way in the water without the engine”.
Keep turning the boat until the windex (see glossary and or page “your instruments and you” ) says the wind is roughly 100 to 130 degrees off the stern, let the main sail out until it is nice and billowy, cleat that puppy off.
Re-sample drink, the ice may be melted but do not panic or refill just yet, there is more to do.
Check the Admirals 'position' out. Leer appreciably.
Unfurl the jib or screacher – see page “those other sails on the front and how to use them”.
While the jib is not necessary for down wind sailing it does make the boat look like a sailboat, failure to expend the effort to deploy it will subject you to more ridicule than you normally get for being a multihull catacondo driver.
Go back to drink, sit, hang out until either someone blows a horn at you or you are forced to move again.