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post #27 of Old 07-16-2010 Thread Starter
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I've raked the mast back as far as it will go, but have not had a good test. Out today with what had to be 20 mph winds. The boat is still pretty slow and poor steering. Wind was too intense for the size boat and the crew's lack of experience. I eventually dropped the jib, reefed the main. Most of the time that was pretty reasonable, although I still found I was de-powering the main to keep from getting knocked down. The boat does not seem to steer into the wind very well, even with only the reefed main. I'm concluding that some of the steering issues are just the fact that the boat is so slow that there is always a disproportionate amount of boat speed compared to the amount of wind speed. Does that make sense? Are some boats just like that?

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