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Pig to tack
I have a 27 foot Nova 27, built in 1972, and recently purchased. It is a very well built GRP sloop with long keel and transom mounted rudder. Sails very well, but is a pig to tack. In light to moderate airs, you have to back the genoa to get her to pass through the eye of the wind. It appears that it is a design problem. I am wondering whether to reduce the size of the main, or possibly to add a bowsprit, to move the foresail triangle about 18 inches forward.
I used to own a 1953 wooden double diagonal sloop, which suffered from severe weather helm, and the previous owner had tried all the obvious things like moving the mast, shortening it .. without success. Two years after I had her I saw her from a distance on the beach, and realised that the rudder plate was far too small. Made a bigger rudder... so problem solved. Point is, I am prepared to experiment.
Anybody got any ideas, or had a similar problem.