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Old 08-28-2011
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Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
Unless I'm confused the OP said he has a list to port (more weight on port side) and he consistently sails faster on a starboard tack. If weight distribution was the cause you would think that the boat would be faster on port tack because it would sail flatter (as the OP said). I would suspect rigging tension but there are a lot of unknowns to explore.
It all depends on the boat. In light winds, the port list may help to lower the wetted surface area of the hull a bit on a starboard tack. At slow boat speeds (e.g., in light winds) wetted surface area has a disproportionately large effect on overall drag.
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