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post #25 of Old 02-14-2013
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Re: my boat dances on a ball

Jeff H hit on having COE/CLR (center of effort/center of lateral resistance) moving forward with modern designs. My fractional rigged 30 fter. loves to "chafe at the bit" and have used to some
success in moderate conditions most of suggestions brought forth in posts above, most consistently successful with riding sail that is offset to toe rail.
Concern is the rare times, in extreme conditions...I believe that
reducing windage forward of the COE is the one best precaution
that can be taken to reduce extreme yawing and the most extreme
loads on your ground tackle. That means taking down the roller furled jib, (which for me at least, is very much counter intuitive
as once I had to deploy jib fast to claw off rocky shore when
motor quit.) ...IMHO
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