Rigging and tacking - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 09-09-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston
Posts: 17
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
shadypark is on a distinguished road
Rigging and tacking

So I have had my boat about 4 years now and starting to feel pretty comfortable with how she handles and her quirks, but I noticed last weekend that I was having a particularly hard time making a starboard tack (moving to the right against the wind did i say that right?). The wind was about 8-10 knots, I would build up speed, push over the tiller and when the time felt right let out the sails some (only the main was used). This worked fine for a port tack.
For some reason i couldnt get across the wind, eventually with the tiller out as far as reasonably possible and the main sheets let pretty far out, the boat would still start to tack to the port.

my two though are rigging and/or and issue with the rudder but i am pretty stumped

thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-09-2010
deniseO30's Avatar
1934 Chickering
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 6,354
Thanks: 52
Thanked 101 Times in 91 Posts
Rep Power: 10
deniseO30 will become famous soon enough deniseO30 will become famous soon enough
Kind of boat? Do you have a head sail? Masthead boats are slug like without the headsails

8-10 could be light air for just a main sail to tack also. I think the experts will need more information. I'm no expert
__________________
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My boat is for sale.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 09-09-2010
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,900
Thanks: 2
Thanked 103 Times in 100 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
shady, were you in a lake? Or open water where there might also have been a cross-current pushing the boat?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 09-09-2010
zz4gta's Avatar
I don't discuss my member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 2,468
Thanks: 0
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 8
zz4gta is on a distinguished road
Don't ease the main. The main will add weather helm and help the boat turn into the wind.

What was your boat speed? If you're going to slow you won't have enough momentum.

You also should not need to push the tiller hard over. When you do this the rudder stalls, just like sails, and it becomes a brake dragging through the water.

How close to the wind were you pointing before you started your tack? Trying to tack from a close reach to a close reach will be more difficult than one that is close hauled.

Try turning just a bit slower, keeping the main sheeted hard on, and when you get to head to wind, turn the tiller another 20* to snap off the finish of the tack.
__________________
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 09-09-2010
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
Also, when did you last check the rigging? If it isn't right, tacking can be a biatch.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 09-10-2010
chef2sail's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,050
Thanks: 30
Thanked 57 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 8
chef2sail will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Turning quickly can stall the boat with the water pushing hard against the rudder. A Purposefull turn will hold the boat speed. Thats really what you are trying to accomplish...maintain boat speed and change directions.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
___________________________
S/V Haleakala (Hawaiian for" House of the Sun")
C&C 35 MKIII Hull # 76
Parkville, Maryland
(photos by Joe McCary)
Charter member of the Chesapeake Lion posse

Our blog-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.”- Dennis Conner
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Self Tacking Jib kgmcgrath MacGregor 7 03-30-2010 10:38 AM
Rigging for Self Tacking backcreeksailor Gear & Maintenance 15 04-17-2009 12:49 PM
Heaving To with Self Tacking Jib? Gramp34 Sailboat Design and Construction 5 04-30-2008 10:32 PM
self-tacking jib copasetic Gear & Maintenance 3 03-02-2004 07:11 PM
Tacking keylargo Learning to Sail 16 10-21-2001 12:48 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:55 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.