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Topic Review (Newest First)
10-03-2011 01:55 AM
MarkSF
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
Absolutely - they are wider.
I was looking for a use for a bunch of old VHS tapes the other day. Maybe it's too heavy?
10-03-2011 01:37 AM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by WDSchock View Post
Cassette tape works very well


8 track even better
Absolutely - they are wider.
10-03-2011 01:13 AM
T37Chef
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Originally Posted by WDSchock View Post
Cassette tape works very well


8 track even better
You're really dating yourself there
10-03-2011 01:00 AM
WDS123 Cassette tape works very well


8 track even better
10-02-2011 08:28 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
Newport,

If you tie some wool tell tales on your shrouds port and starboard ...
Or dig into your closet/basement and find that old ABBA cassette tape... rip some of that out and use it as you would wool... lighter, and less affected by rain (but more fragile)
10-02-2011 08:24 PM
Tempest Newport,

If you tie some wool tell tales on your shrouds port and starboard the middle one maybe; it will help you see the apparent wind angle.

Close hauled your tell tale will be pointing toward the leech of the mainsail,
Close reach it will point more toward the center of the mainsail ,
Beam reach it will point to the mast,
Broad reach it will point to the Jib/genoa.
Run will be pointing toward the bow

This is pretty simplistic, but I have found that it helps when I try to explain points of sail.
10-02-2011 07:18 PM
SHNOOL Note also some others will replace "beam reach" with just "reach."

Take special note of HPLou's reference to "apparent wind." Apparent wind can make or break a sailor. Knowing true wind direction, and apparent wind direction (which is the direction wind "appears" to come from due to your own velocity moving forward), can help you determine the "best line to a mark."

In light wind any forward momentum you have while entering a wind shadow can cause you to chase your windex around a circle. Also using ApWind technique you can keep your sails filled and "point higher" while coasting through a wind shadow. All depends on that Apparent Wind direction.
10-02-2011 09:05 AM
HPLou It should be noted on your diagram that the wind direction as shown is the apparent wind direction as it relates to the same angle as the windex. The true wind direction would usually be at a slightly different angle than the apparent wind direction. In other words, the apparent wind direction would be the resultant vector of the true wind direction and the boat direction.
10-02-2011 01:13 AM
NewportNewbie found another one....yes....I see....its in there...the ones I saw were simplified....
10-02-2011 01:11 AM
NewportNewbie really? the diagrams I am looking at don't show a close reach at all...

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