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While hove to, she kept slowly outrunning her slick. It was barely noticeable but the majority of the slick seemed to be amidships and aft. Forward motion was unnoticeable to the eye but not to the GPS. Is this normal? Is it the result of the shallow hull design of the C-22? I tried playing with the jib sheet and main sheet, easing tension here, tightening it there, but the result was the same.
Yes that is normal. I seldom been able to get a fin keel boat to not make some headway when hove-to.
When reefing, my boom seemed to lift higher than the goose-neck. Tightening the mainsheet had no effect. Sail shape remained pretty good. Is this normal? What effect did it have? I tightened the luff until it was as straight as it would go and the boat seemed to be fine. I have nothing to compare it to so that is why I am asking.
Yes that is common, reefing often has three effects:
- The sail area is less.
- The sail is flatter.
- The boom may be raised slightly.
All three reduce heeling and weather helm.
BTW - I recommend heaving-to from a port tack;this puts you on a starboard tack, making you stand-on to more vessels.
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Last edited by jackdale; 06-28-2010 at 10:28 PM.