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Old 08-28-2011
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Originally Posted by zAr View Post

At dock there is a slight list to the port side as there's more weight there, but I can't imagine that's the reason. If anything, shouldn't that make me faster on a port tack?
That is quite a good reason. The boat will sail flatter on a starboard tack than on a port tack.

Is this true in all winds? In very light air, it might be faster on a port tack. The slight amount of heel will keep the boom over on port. Many boats sail better with a some heel.
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