Join Date: Jul 2002
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My advice is not to try and read ''sail management'' into that paragraph (which I also read with some disdain...) but rather view it as a mfgr. trying to coach customers on how to deal with an autopilot that simply can''t steer very fast. Keep in mind that little teenie muff-n-tin motor that''s trying to control your boat. Their concern, I believe, is that your boat will have a sea rolling up its hindquarters, slewing the boat sideways at some speed, and that poor a/p can only turn the wheel so fast. So the alternative they mention is to put the Center of Effort way forward (by dousing the main and keeping up the jib), so that the boat is being ''pulled'' by the sails insofar as possible, effectively offsetting at least a bit the rapid yawing influence of the waves and/or wind.
Personally, I think this is like suggesting one put a gallon of gas in the car before heading out to the Rockies; it''s just not going to cut it. I''ve been very impressed with the features, quality and performance of our 4000+ for its price but, again, suggest that there''s only so much we can expect from a tiny motor with only so much mechanical advantage.
My advice is to sail the boat the way you find the boat needs to be sailed, and if the conditions require you to helm the boat, either enjoy the experience or ask yourself if a below-decks, expensive but much more powerful a/p is worth it.