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post #23 of Old 03-23-2011
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I primarily sail my PSC 34 single-handedly. The previous owner improved the track friction but friction on the main remained. I found the solution by slacking the reefing lines to minimize friction on the main. Then I hoist the main at least 3/4 the way by hand and finish it on the stbd jib winch before rope clutching it fast.

Two things I've learned about my genoa is to routinely back wind it when coming about (except in strong wind when that's unnecessary) before easing it through the staysail slot. Sometimes wind and waves just aren't cooperating so I pull in my roller furling just enough east the tack (a trick Nigel Calder suggested to me). In heavy wind I sometimes jibe that way too.

I agree with the comment that the autopilot does a good job with tacking but my backwind method helps get me around and gives me time to shift my staysail.

Hope this helps.

Bob Steneck
PSC 34' Alaria
Christmas Cove, Maine
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