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post #24 of Old 07-13-2012
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Re: Switching from close reach to beam reach on 20 knot winds

Originally Posted by Jeff_H View Post
Saint Anna,

You may have missed that this is an older yawl. On a boat like this, if one wants to bear away that much in a stiff breeze, they first ease the mizzen sheet to roughly its final adjustment, then ease or release the main sheet, then play the genoa on the way down. The short travelers of that era do not have enough range of adjustment to accommodate that large of a change in the angle of attack, and mizzens did not have adjustable travelers.
Yeah I missed that it was a mizzen or a yawl. I'll read more carefully next time.

I have crewed on a yawl. My experience was a little different as the mizzen has far less effect than a mizzen on a ketch, but the ketches I have worked are gaff rigged. They had/have no main traveller but used a weather and leeward sheet system - [acts like a vang]

Righto then. thanks for that. I'll upgrade the spectacles.
cheers Jeff, have a great day


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