Join Date: Feb 2011
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Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul
Yes, like the last poster said, you have a fiddle block at the boom and I'll bet the same at the centreboard box. That is to allow the sheet to go around twice to get some mechanical advantage.
Secondly, the luff on the main is REALLY baggy. Is the main halyard tight? If the main halyard IS tight, I suspect that the head of the sail won't go any higher so that the only way to get more tension on the luff is to lower the boom, or add a cunningham.
Finally the foot of the main is baggy too. Can you tighten the outhaul a bit?
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay