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Thanks for staying with me on this topic. Let me show you the cause for my concern.
"...and inability to fine tune the sails shape, if you care at all about performance a self-tacking jib is a really hard pill to swallow...."
"They are better than most heavy cruisers in light air and beating but compared to a coastal cruiser are not especially good in light air and don't point as well as I would have expected from a narrow waterline boat."
"The only thing we had to do to tack was to throw the helm over, and with a little adjustment of the traveler the boat was powered up again on the new board. In my opinion, the only drawback to a self-tacking jib system is a bit of difficulty adjusting the sail shape to your liking. If we'd been able to trim the jib a little flatter, the upwind tacking angles would have improved a lot."
The first quote is Jeff Halpern discussing self-tacking jibs in general. The second is his discussion of the Saga 43. The third is a quote from Simon Day's review of the Saga 35 in Blue Water Boats.
The Saga is a masthead rig, so I don't believe that a backstay tensioner will help with jib trim. I'm looking for a simple way to alleviate what others have identified as a compromise. I don't want to mention which Saga because there are so few of them available. The rigs are identical, and the solution should be the same.
Please let me know if you need further input.
ps: Now you know why I find your boat so appealing.
Last edited by jones2r; 12-03-2006 at 06:46 PM.