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post #4 of Old 03-11-2012
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Re: If it's not luffing, it's helping?

Originally Posted by steveg353 View Post
That is what I was wondering...does it cause forward drive or dreaded drag when the sail is tight and silent. Hopefully, the wind will be off the nose enough to help but I'm pretty sure the diesel is going to get a workout this week.
I love my diesel...I just hate using it.
it depends on the wind speed and the angle of the wind if you are motoring at lets say 6 kts and the wind is on the nose then it is drag. if you are motoring at 30 dergees to the wind and motoring at 4 kts and the wind is blowing 20 then it maybe helping if the wind is only 6kts then it is drag. basicly if you are motoring at a given speed that there is not enough wind to make the same speed while under sail alone then the sail is drag.

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