SailNet Community - View Single Post - Poor tacking on a Hobie
View Single Post
post #9 of Old 07-05-2012
Senior Member
pdqaltair's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Posts: 2,992
Thanks: 1
Thanked 90 Times in 89 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I raced these for a time. Jibe? That's just silly. Back wind the jib? Only a little; it's generally a sign of weak technique. Keep practicing until it's solid.

* Bear off just enough to get to peak speed. Perhaps full-and-by.
* Put the helm down pretty far, but smoothly.
* Get across a little late and stay aft, almost like a roll tack. You want to get the boat heeling with the windward hull nearly out of the water. This reduces the amount of drag and lets the boat pivot on the leeward hull. Staying aft, with the bow up also helps. Don't exaggerate these motions in strong winds, or capsize is possible.
* Release the main sheet a few feet JUST as the boat gets head to wind. This will make it easier to keep turning.
* Get the jib in tight on the new tack as soon as it will fill. There is no great rush on the main.
* Continue turning past close hauled to a close reach on the new tack, and retrim as the boat accelerates. Then head up.

If you are using a tiller extension, pass this behind the boom in a vertical position as you cross; this will allow you to get back to hiking within seconds.

Writing full-time since 2014

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"Keeping a Cruising Boat for Peanuts"
"Faster Cruising for the Coastal Sailor"
"Singlehanded Sailing for the Coastal Sailor"

Last edited by pdqaltair; 07-05-2012 at 08:54 AM.
pdqaltair is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome