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Old 03-11-2012
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If it's not luffing, it's helping?

This question pertains to motor sailing directly into the wind with mainsail only.
Is it true that if you pull the traveler all the way over(whichever side seems closer to windward) and sheet in tight, that as long as the main is not luffing, it is helping to move the boat forward. I was told that if you cannot “hear” the sail, it is helping.
It feels like it helps to me but I wanted to see what the salts had to say about it.
I have a trip this week that, according to the reports, I will be running about 20 miles dead into the wind in a very busy ship channel.
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