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Could this be a rig tuning problem?
Tiller is centered and the helm is balanced on each tack (except for a puff which pulls me to weather, more so on the starboard tack). I have a traveler and it is set amidships so it self tenders.
I''m not 100% sure on how well the CB sits when lowered, but I did do a quick visual on the CB pin (without dis-assembly) and it seemed to be a tight fit. Though the sheer weight of the CB could have mislead me on how tight the pin is.
Something else I thought it was, I was pointing too much to windward on the port tack, but there is no luffing and the sails look (to my novice eye) to be the correct shape. Apparent wind seems to be near the same angle, but of course much lower on the port tack.
Last night, 10-14 kn winds from SE to ESE. Heading home after a sunset cruise, east, in the ICW along the FL panhandle. Just after tacking to the starboard tack, the boat is slow and the sails load up and heels the boat. The boat speeds and at the same time I let her nose to weather until the speed stabilizes and the helm is balanced. I then steer to course and balance the sails once more. I use the puffs and wind veers to my benefit by steering more south so as to stay on the south side of the channel. (this is what I do, not sure if it''s proper seamanship).
When on the port tack I don''t get the sails loading up and it seems to slow down from the speed attained on the starboard tack and just creep along. I''ve tried heading up and off the wind a little and not until I''m more broad to the wind does the boat want to go, but this means letting the sails out more to compensate.
If this was a one-time deal I wouldn''t be worrying about it, but it happens a lot when I try to tack a beat to windward.
I will feel the shrouds next time I''m out.