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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?
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Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul

Did the wind indicator on the windward shroud show more of a reach? In that case, the pictures wouldn't have told us the full story for beating trim.
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Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul

robbieland ....
in your pics ... all those wrinkles and 'girts' along the luff indicate that you have not properly raised the mainsail to its 'designed' length - this includes a 'stretchout' of that luff boltrope and which if not 'stretched out' ALWAYS produces a draft-aft, baggy and overdrafted and hooked up leech condition. Suggest you go to my previous post that gives a URL which explains HOW to raise a woven dacron mainsail.
Your boat will NEVER be able to 'point' unless the mainsail is properly raised and that luff boltrope is properly stretched out to its DESIGN length.
What about the rig tension? see previous post for that also.
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Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul

Depending upon how the head of the sail is attached to the halyard, and possibly issues with the sail or other hardware issues, perhaps Robbie has raised the main as high as it wants to go. It would be way cool if he could get pictures from say underneath and behind the sail and maybe a closeup of the head of the sail (maybe from a friend on another boat or on shore) while he's close-hauled and send that to a sail maker.
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