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post #44 of Old 01-12-2018
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Re: Stated Displacement vs Real Life

Last three comments are why many race crews, be them paid of a bunch of friends doing local beer cans, practice, take notes as to what works, does not work etc. I;ve moved crew back or forward on the rail inches based on how the helm feels. Sailing newyears eve, by myself going down wind, helm was pulling upwind, Shifted myself back 6", balanced helm, gained half a knot! Generally speaking going down wind, move crew forward, or around the mast for best speeds. ABove hull speed when planing, you see folks on the rear to get the boat to plane some. Seen that in pics of Melges 32's.

A lot of people do not play with these options.


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