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Jib/Genoa Leech Flutterin....
Here's a question I've been meaning to ask for some time but kept forgetting.
When the leech of your jib or genoa is "fluttering" while you are on a close reach or close hauled, what does this mean? Should you tighten the sheet or release? Do you ahve too much sail up for the conditions?
When I say "fluttering" I don't mean "luffing", because there is a lot of wind on the sail, but it seems to flutter in a high frequency making quite a distinct fluttering noise. During this time the boat still has way and isn't losing way.
My personal experience was when closehauled I would tighten the sheet and the fluttering would diminish, however, sometimes even when I tightened the sheet as much as possible it still fluttered.
MY other guess would be that the boat might be pointing too high when this happens.
This usually happens on a 130% Genoa with a boat I sail often in the sailing club, so maybe this sail is reaching the end of its lifespan as it's been used so often and can't hold it's shape anymore?
Last edited by Kacper; 02-04-2007 at 07:17 PM.