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I spent a couple of hours tacking down Great Peconic Bay over the weekend on my way to Sag Harbor. The wind strength was 8-10 kts true and the direction was right on the rhumb line. Not a wave in sight.
Using my GPS, I carefully noted the track of each tack. I was 268M on starboard, 158M on port. That''s awful, it seems to me.
After each tack we would get the boat up to speed, get both tell-tales streaming, hold that course and check the track. As our beat went on, we pinched up until the windward tell-tale was lifting and spinning just a bit, and that got us almost to 100 degrees.
My Hunter 336 has an 11-degree sheeting angle, and a huge roach on the main. Seems like I ought to be able to get the boat to point better than that.
I worked hard to get the jib leads in the right spot, so I don''t think that was the problem. I set them so that all three sets of jib tell-tales broke at the same time when we luffed.
We didn''t sheet the jib in flat, it slowed us down. We''d sheet it in all the way, then ease it out until a slight curve showed on the foot, about 8 inches.
The halyard was not drum tight, and we had the boom about six inches off centerline with the traveler all the way to windward.
Could it be my stubby little wing keel? Should I check the tide tables? What''s up?