Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul
How old are the sails? I gained 10 degrees to windward when I got new sails - and the old ones did not look excessively blown.
How are you defining close-hauled? Do you have a Davis Windex on top of the mast? The instructions have you set the close hauled angle at anything from 25 degrees upwards. Whoever installed mine set the indicators at 25 degrees and of course I can't sail at that angle without losing a lot of speed. The problem lies in the expectations, not with the boat.