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dwa1 05-07-2007 11:07 AM

cat sail trim
what are some of the basics for sail trim on a cat. i have been sailing a 42 cat for a few months now, but it seems like i should get more out of it. so, for example close hauled: do i want the boom centered up like a mono hull? and then slid it along the traveler as i fall off or what?

sailingdog 05-07-2007 11:37 AM


It would help is you said which 42' Cat you have... different designs have different problems..

alanl 05-08-2007 08:10 AM

You will find there is a fairly significant adjustment needed if you have previously been used to a monohull. In particular, you will use the traveller a lot more, especially when close hauled, to power up the main. I frequently have the traveller half way across to the lee side to get most power. Contrary to most reports from multihull sailors, close hauled is actually faster than reaching.

The headsail is also critical. I got a new sails late last year and realised for the first time how well the boat went with the right balance between the head and the main. The boat will round up if the headsail is not pulling well.

My suggestion is to find a highly experienced sailmaker specialising in Cats and get him to sail the boat with you. You may find that just minor adjustments will make a huge difference.

dwa1 05-08-2007 10:46 AM

great i will try that. and to answer sailing dog, its a 42 kurt hughs cruising cat.


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