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Re: Polars, PHRF, boat speed, boat shopping
That is an interesting way to do it. I'm curious how you encourage the trailer to go down into the water. Many launch ramps level out not too far after you are off the ramp. Not down hill enough for the trailer to roll on its own, especially if its muddy.
I put my boat in the water for the first time this pasts Sunday. When I returned to the ramp, the center board was dragging. The boat would not make it all the way to the dock without pulling up the center board. My draft is 4 feet. I have to be real careful not to get hung up on this shallow lake. I got caught twice under sail. It was good to get it out on the water. I need to learn a few technical things on how to get the sail shape like it should be. The sails don't seem stretched out, but they do tend to pocket to the point were they are hooking on the end. Both sails seem to do that. I also could get the sail to lay open at the top. It either wanted to pocket all the way up, or scoop out in the middle. Both the jib and the main had this issue.
RL 24 NEW to me April 25th 2014
AFC 17' 2+2 (sold in 2012)
Sunfish project boat
Sailing a large boat on a small lake is very tacky.