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Four GREAT days on the lake

I got home last night at 1830 after 4 super days out.
I launched Friday around 1500. Took ONLY 3 hours to rig this time and the A-frame was the key. I did have a buddy there for back-up, but basicly did it alone.
Had a decent(4-8kts) wind for about 4 hrs each day and even had a GOOD blow for about an hour on Sunday when my little brother and his brand new bride joined us for the day.
I reefed the main yesterday just to see if I could and it looked OK so I guess I did it right.
I'm still have some trouble holding course sometimes but I'm not sure how to explain it. On a close reach the bow wants to pull the wrong way. I mean PULLS, like don't have a rudder. I tries adjusting the jib, but seems no matter what I do I end up having to do a 360 to get it back.
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Sail Trim

Dale - Sounds like you may have your main a bit over trimmed giving you extreme 'weather helm' or as you say 'pulling you' into the wind. Slack the mainsheet a bit and see if that helps. Lucky you to be sailing now while us northerners are still freezing
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Mainsail trim

Dale,

Your "pulling" of the rudder (sounds like too much weather helm) might mean your mainsail is over trimmed (pulled in too much). Start with the traveller adjusted so the boom is in the center of the boat while sailing close hauled. Adjust the main sheet until the top batten is parallel to the boom. Now if the tiller is pulling too hard try letting the traveller down a few inches at a time. Wait for the boat to respond - the rudder pressure to ease. Keep going until the is only a slight pull on the rudder. Once the traveller's all the way down, if you still feel too much of a pull ease the main sheet until the rudder feels right. You shouldn't have to reef in 8 knots of wind.

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Very nice Dale, what lake are you on?
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Goose,
Those are some great pics... looks like you guys had a blast on the lake. As far as directional problems go on that point of sail... What happens when you're close-hauled? I hate to say this, Goose, but one possibility is that you're stern is too far down and your bow too high, which will put your hull out of balance and reduce your ability to point up. Perhaps some weight redistribution is in order. I love ya, Goose, and I'm just trying to help...
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Thanks guys, I didn't even think about the main, I was trying to correct the jib.
BF, that's New Melones, you should come up it's only about 2 1/2-3 hours from the Bay.
imiloa, I know I didn't HAVE to, lol, I've just never done it. Not on this boat or any other. I wanted to make sure I know how before I had to put it to use.
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Sounds like you had a great birthday Dale. Ditto on easing the main for weather helm.
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Thanks Goose, I may take you up on that. Do you have a trailer? Bring your boat down to the Bay sometime! And you are always welcome on Moondance.
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Thanks Goose, I may take you up on that. Do you have a trailer? Bring your boat down to the Bay sometime! And you are always welcome on Moondance.
Just holler, your welcome aboard anytime. I would love to have someone on board to show me the tricks.
I'd love to go out with you one of these days, but I won't be ready for the Bay in the Platano for at least a season. I figure, Melones and Don Pedro this year, next year maybe the Delta(Rio Vista-Brannon area) then MAYBE I'll be ready for the big water in the Bay.
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Guys....his problem is not the over trimmed main....not yet....look at how his mast is rigged...the top of his mast is 4" behing the base, and his spreader is further aft than is should be!!!!

ZZ...we have to something about your mast and your stays...you're mast looks like the mast of a Cat...it needs to be more vertical when you rig it, (not so inclined towards the rear)...your stay sail seems too small, also...

That front stay shouln't be flexed like that...its supposed to be tense.

Nice day sailing....

Now all photos are cool, BUT PLEASE PUT YOUR SHIRT ON....THERE's OTHER PEOPLE HERE....(SEE LAST PHOTO, YUK)

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