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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

PDQAltair is right. You want to come across the wind quickly, but smoothly. Don't shove the helm over so hard that you stall the rudders, but don't waste any time getting the head through the wind, either. There's a technique to it, and it takes a bit of practice, but it is eminently doable. And, yes, it can even be done in 2-3 knots of wind, and it can even be done with no headsail.
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

1. get up your speed close hauled. All sails sheeted in tightly.
2. Sit as far back and windward as possible - you want as little weight on the leward bow as possible.
3. Gently turn into the wind (yes, tiller hard over will stall you in irons).
4. When you are directly bow to wind, ease the mainsheet 6-12 inches. Keep the jib sheeted tight. Keep the tiller turning you onto the new tack.
5. At this point, all that weight (you) in the back may want to flip the boat backwards - be aware of this and be ready to move quickly to prevent a flip.
6. If you stall in the irons and start to drift backwards, flip the tiller hard over the other way (only do this if you are actually moving backwards).
7. Once the jib backwinds, sheet in the main, release jib and sheet from the other side, move yourself to the other side of the boat. She should take off like a rocket.
8. Be aware that you can jibe around (270 degree tack) if you still cant get it.
9. Practice.
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

This is great info. I'm about to start sailing our Spirit 17 cat and need all the tips I can get!
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

To add to Random's advice, here is what I did on my H16 when sailing solo (I did not race, just had lots of fun)

1) Fall off slightly to gain speed
2) Smoothly and quickly turn the rudders no more than 45 deg - keep your weight aft
3) As you come up on the wind and just cross it, let out the main sheet about 2-3 feet
4) When the battens pop (main sail is filled), tack the jib
5) Fall off on the new course slightly to gain speed
6) Adjust your course and trim sails

This will work even with current and/or in light air. As mentioned above practice is key. It may be bad technique for some, but I found it to be quick, safe, and reliable.
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I am reminded of why I like monohulls

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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

in light air and chop or current let the boat sail it self up until you back wind the jib. ease the main. when the boat is turned to new tack then switch the jib and sail new tack. if the backwinded jib stops you and you move backwards then reverse the rudders and back the boat into the new tack
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

Nolatom:

It's really just asymmetrical hulled cats without daggerboards/centerboards that have a tough time tacking.

I appreciate monohull sailing, but there is nothing like flying a hull or the speed of a multihull.
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

Agree.

And also nothing like a boat that's really quick through the stays and tacks like a dream so you can cash in on a 5 degree header without losing much speed or distance. It keeps the racing really tactical, and is a joy with students when they start to get it "right".
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I really appreciate all of the feedback and advice. I realize that I was definately pushing the tiller too hard and too quickly and essentially "braking" the boat. Additionally, I'll work on jibing as well.
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

For me the trick was not messing with the jib until the bow comes around, allowing the jib to backwind is the key, especially in light winds.
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