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Old 11-26-2011
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If you are just learning to sail - leave it, you can always remove it later. You may find you like the concept of self tacking. It is not hard to rig a small roller furling jib and a boom to try the concept. Used or temporary gear is not expensive. The rig works quite well if you need a small headsail due to heavy winds or if you do lots of short tacks in or out of a tight channel. You may not like it if you do not sail in restricted areas or if the wind is always light. Folks either love or hate self tacking. Down side is smaller headsail and a boom that moves around on the foredeck. Upside is an extra hand for other things when tacking.
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