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What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

What are the characteristics that help a boat point close to the wind and sail reasonably fast to weather?
Full keel? Fin keel?
Large main? Large headsail?
Deep draft?
New sails?
Masthead vs. fractional rig sloop?
Large beam or narrow?

I like being able to sail in (almost) any direction.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

A strong inboard diesel.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

Good sails and a deep fin keel are probably the two most important things. Obviously hull form comes into it, but no boat will sail high and fast without good foils.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

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What are the characteristics that help a boat point close to the wind and sail reasonably fast to weather?


I like being able to sail in (almost) any direction.
Full keel?
Deep DRAFT?
New sails?

One other thing is $. The newer boats are usually faster. I have been on some sailing boat recently that go almost as fast to windward as off the wind. I think these are moderate displacement boats (or moderate in terms of racing). though because as soon as we head downwind the light sport boats plane past us.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

Add also good sail trimmers and a good helmsman. Because the "sweet spot" or "in the zone" for a beat is way narrower than, say, a reach.

But yeah, foils, both sails, hull, keel, rudder. You're trying to climb the "down" escalator when close-hauled, so everything has to be right.

Downwind you can pretty much drool, and still get there. Not so upwind..
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No mention of inboard sidestays to allow tighter sheeting
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

Besides new sails you need the right sails.

This does not include a 150 jib furled to 90%. You also want to understand and take control of all your tweaking lines. I think the most important would be is jib car placement, which is fairly easy to do if your boat is equipped with these controls. As opposed to tweaking your mainsail which is much more complicated.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

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Good sails and a deep fin keel are probably the two most important things. Obviously hull form comes into it, but no boat will sail high and fast without good foils.
OK, so there's one vote for a deep fin keel.... How does hull form come into it? What types of hulls beat well?
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

From basic to conceptual here is my take:
1) Good sails and a good helmsman.
2) A hull shape and keel which promote limited leeway.
3) An efficient high aspect rig which has the ability to keep the foil from stalling as you sail close to the weather.
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Re: What makes a sailboat go to weather well?

Pretty generic question, what type of sailing are you planning to do? Lake , coastal, open ocean, class racing, cruising
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