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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,661
Posted By davidpm
Re: Newbie questions after first time taking out sailboat

Another common problem that causes a baggy sail is that you have the mainsheet tight while you are tightening the halyard.

The luff of the main sail may not get to the correct tension unless you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,661
Posted By jimgo
Re: Newbie questions after first time taking out sailboat

Bill,
Do you have a topping lift? If so, you need to loosen it when the sail is up so the leech of the sail carries the weight of the boom. Otherwise, you're going to have slack in the sail. That...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-30-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 2,478
Posted By outbound
Re: Running Speed vs Close-Hauled Speed

Might want to look into downloading a sailing polar for your boat. It will give you a fairly good idea if you are sailing your boat up to it's potential. It is always better to compete with yourself...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   09-13-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By CalebD
Re: Overdue introduction

Here is the spec for you American 16':

AMERICAN 16 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com (http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=7489)

Very sane plan you have there...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-15-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 6,001
Posted By Sublime
Re: Dinghy Capsize

You were just starting to see the benefits of dinghy sailing. A dinghy can make you one hell of a sailor.

One person should be enough ballast. I have a boat with 132 sq ft of sail. It uses an 80...
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