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Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul
What is your apparent wind angle closest to the wind?
Do you have a compass? Check your bearing on one tack, then tack through the wind and check again. If you are at or less than 90 degrees you are probably fine given your boat.
You may not be able to sail closer than about 45 degrees off true wind.