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Re: Shoal Keel in Puget Sound
Pray tell why? I see lots of people doing this and it seems like a great way to wear out a mainsail. I hear people talk about "motorsailing" but if you're motoring dead into your apparent wind the sail can't be helping....
In light air, calm seas I can get a bit a lift.
In wave action, it dampens the motion of the boat.
If the main is flogging I will bear away a bit.
If the wind picks up, I am ready to sail. If I have engine problems I can sail.
I am also "anal" about putting the halyard on prior to leaving the dock and taking it off when we get back. The sail cover also stays off until I am at a dock. BTW I hate stack packs.
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