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post #11 of Old 09-30-2003
mdougan
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heeling, weather helm and rudder control

Many gaff-rigged boats have a downhaul attached to the peak of the gaff. I vaguely remember reading something to the effect that one could use the downhaul cleated to off to one side or the other to induce a twist in the sail by pulling the gaff off-center.

Can you see any advantage in doing this, and if so, which side would you cleat the downhaul on to twist the sail in the appropriate direction?
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