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Re: Multihull fundamentals
Reading these things reminds me of the CG Captains license testing. The trick to answering is to be just as smart as the guy who wrote the question, no smarter, no dumber. Bob's got the analysis right IMHO.
If you don't over think it, clearly attaching a line to the end of a boom gives you more leverage than right near the goose neck. If you over think it, you start asking your self what do they mean by pulling power. I'm certainly going to have to pull with more force, but pull fewer feet of line with it close to the goose neck.
Then the current vs wind thing. If you don't over think it, yea, the current moves a knot, and your boat moves a knot 1:1. The wind might push or pull you but generally at less than 1:1. If you over think it, you'll start asking yourself questions like on a tack, some boats can exceed true wind speed, so what are they talking about? But you see, the guy who wrote the question was not that smart. Like most tests, you got to get into the question writer's head to score well.
Too bad, I agree these questions are poorly written, so you need to make yourself dumber than usual to score well.