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post #5 of Old 10-02-2012
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Re: Sailing close hauled?

I concur. Buying a new jib did wonders for my ability to point.

Sail condition gets you most of the way there. The rest is sail shaping. Do you have a full set of telltails on the jib and main, and understand what they tell you? Do you use all your sail controls and adjustments? Do you move the cars on the jib track based on which telltale breaks first, for instance?

I might add that it also depends on wind velocity. I can't point as high in very light wind and very heavy wind as I can in moderate winds. In very light wind I can't get the sail shaped as well because of the weight of the cloth and the sheets. In very heavy wind the jib is partly furled, which tends to spoil wind flow over the leading edge somewhat. Now, I could fix that but I have chosen not to. I could get specialty sails for those conditions but I don't want to spend that kind of cash on sails I would not use all that much.


T. P. Donnelly
S/V Tranquility Base
1984 Islander 30 Bahama
Pasadena, MD

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