Smack, what does “AFOC” mean? And how does it relate to nice, easy going sails?
Ahh - ancient history...
"AFOC" refers back to when I first came to this site a few years ago - drawn in as a newb by the best sailing thread in the history of sailing forums: Fight Club For Sailors
Upon my enthusiastic agreement with the fact that sailing big is all that, I was jumped by a bunch of prudish, uptight, angst-ridden, manchicks that ensured me that sailing big is stupid and will immediately kill anyone that attempts it. This clique of goofs were collectively known as AFOCers since they all huddled in the following thread to complain about newbs and plan ambushes on people they didn't like: I'm and ass and full crap
To save everyone having to read the thousands of pages from each thread, here's a quick summary (where AFOC and POS crew are the same bunch):
Fight Club Lurker Orientation
It's all better now. They came around.
The Smacktanic is looking pretty good and if you are constantly moving at hull speed, you must be doing something right. Your photos look pretty interesting. Would you care for a little kibitzing?
Hell yeah! That's why I post photos of my crappy sails. On the one hand, I know I'll get blasted for everything I do wrong. But that's how I'll learn. From guys that actually know and do. So, seriously, kibitz away any time!
As for speed, I'm definitely not CONSTANTLY hitting hull speed, but I'm getting better for sure...especially when there's a nice stiff wind. I still suck at milking light wind conditions.
Your mainsail has a lot of belly and the draft is way far forward and you say that you have max halyard and outhaul on? Something doesn’t sit right with me. Can you do a couple of things for me? Get your “P” and “E “ dimensions and mark those locations on your mast and boom with black electrical tape. Then, the next time you have the main down for cleaning (or in your case, repairing), measure it too (it might have a shrunken bolt rope or streched Dacron.) Use the marks as a triming guide so you see if halward and outhaul are really working for you. Is your bolt rope in the boom track?
First, keep in mind that this is a really old main - very bagged out. And what you see in photo 1 is the sail on a very close haul, and photo 2 on a beam/broad reach. I do have the halyard seriously cranked - and the outhaul as cranked as I could get it. I need to re-rig the outhaul to give it more purchase. And yes, bolt rope is in the boom track.
All that said, I'll do the measurements you recommend.
Your clew reef line is all wrong. The line should go up through the new clew and back down to the boom (I think the previous owner tied it to that eye strap on the boom.) The reefing line should also be lead the end of the boom as it not only pulls down, but also back, so you get a nice flat sail. You also have a ‘flattening reef” which is that clew just above the regular one. If you run a line from that (lot of guys splice the line to the clew) back to the end of the boom you can flatten the lower third of the sail when the wind pipes up. That way, you can fly your main at full hoist longer, before you resort to reefing
Got it. Right now the reefing line does run to a sheave on the boom - but the sheave is just aft of that 1 reef cringle - not far enough back. I'll work on the rigging for that and get it right.
Had no idea about the "flattening reef". Very cool. I'll rig that as you say as well.
You have way too much tension on your topping lift. That line should be slack when sailing. When it is taught, it takes away the effectiveness of your vang which you need as you have end boom sheeting. Speaking of which, your vang is backwards, cleat should be on the lower fiddle block. Adjust the angle of the cam cleat if necessary. Or better yet, route it back to the edge of the coach roof and put the cleat there. You will find that you will use the control a lot more if you can readily reach it.
On the topping lift...I'll loosen it. It's not really rigged correctly anyway for any significant adjustment...which leads me to a question: Does the TL do much for sail trim or is it primarily to hold the boom up when slack?
On the vang, I actually flipped it a few months ago to make adjustment easier and quicker from the cockpit. Even so, aside from the very basic understanding that the vang helps keep the boom down on reaches/run, I'm not really sure about when/how to make use of it apart from that.
Thanks for taking the time to critique (same to Bubble, Bluto, etc.). It's always good to get feedback.