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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration
You are right - it is an old thread, but I still follow it.
I've had my merlin for 3 years now and am still learning how to sail it quickly. One major factor for me was the use of the main. My prior boat was a CS 27 where the main was a very small contributor to upwind performance, but in the Merlin, it plays a much bigger role.
I have the cockpit traveller set up and factory mainsheet and find that for upwind I have to use the boomvang to control twist, and the car at the highest position to keep the boom on the centreline. Once I've got that set, then I use the traveller to ease off if I get overpowered, which seems to happen very easily.
The other key seems to be boat speed. I have the hydrokeel and if I pinch the boat, the keel is less effective and does not "pull" the boat to windward, so I foot a little, get the speed up and then the boat points