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post #11 of Old 11-05-2012
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Re: How Does Your Islander Sail?

I have an 1974 Islander 30 MK II. This weekend we had a steady 13-15 knts with some sustained gusts up to 21. I had a 130 and main up and never reefed. Boat sailed great the whole time. When the gusts hit while going to windward I would get a noticable weather helm but could ease the headsail a bit and reduce the heal without loosing too much speed. Beam and broad reach was great with 5-6 knots hull speed and very little heal. I sail on a lake and most of the time the wind is light. I concluded this Islander is not a light air boat but is ideal between 10 and 20. 20 being the point where I either reef the main or go to a smaller headsail.
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