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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

And without a self tacking headsail, some may be able to make some progress to windward under main alone. Then short tacking is beyond easy (physically anyway).

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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

The small %LP headsails that come with self-tacking rigs are also easy to tack in conventional ways.

If you are on a regular sloop and know you'll be short tacking up a narrow channel it can be helpful to swap out the genoa for a working jib. It makes the tacking easier, and on many boats allows you to point higher. Partially rolling up a genoa doesn't have the latter benefit.
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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

While generally I'm not enamoured with the current trends in new boats (layouts, styling, square doors/passageways - i.e. the 'Ikea' look- etc) I do like the way rigs are moving towards designs that are adequately powered up with non overlapping headsails. In our area where so often you're either heading straight upwind or DDW, I think such setups promote sailing over motoring when facing an upwind leg.

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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

I enjoy tacking, especially singlehanded, its what sailing a sloop is all about. If you can't stand the heat....

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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

The ability to easily short tack up rivers and creeks is one reason I have a cat-rigged sailboat. To tack I turn the wheel, to tack back I turn the wheel the other way....
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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

Jiminri. I hope you are equally adept at relocating your beer: one swift graceful movement I hope.

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Jiminri. I hope you are equally adept at relocating your beer: one swift graceful movement I hope.

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Since the crew isn't occupied grinding winches (or doing anything else), I usually assign them the task of moving the beverage. However, if I'm sailing solo I just have to suck it up and turn the wheel one-handed.
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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

From my point of view, short tacking is in the same zip code as sailing on and off your mooring. A test of skill, forethought, and adventure that brightens my day. Turns the ordinary into fun.

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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

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And by doing so, if the day ever comes that you're in a tight channel and your motor fails... No problem. No panic. No need to call for help. You do this all the time. Easy-peasy.
It's less painful for me when the wind is up a bit, and I can use a jib smaller than my 170% or 155%.

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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

a. Atleast some of you most have started with a no-engine sloop, where short tacking was often a way of life, leaving harbor.

b. Though I hate the motor as much as the next guy, burning less than a tank each season is probably bad boat keeping. Inspite of all good practices (additives, vent filters, polishing), anything more than a year is just too long. Additionally, anything less that 50 hours per year is not going to shorten the life of the engine by one day; it will die from corrosion first. So there is NOTHING wrong with averaging 1-2 hours per week. It is not costing you anything... other than peace and quiet.

But yeah, an hour under power seems like a VERY long time. Ick.

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