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Join Date: Sep 2011
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Yes, welcome aboard! It sounds like your approach to sailing is a very sane one compared to the way many of us have done it. And your impression is very accurate - the minute you buy the boat everything starts to fall apart. Thankfully, it does so at a slow enough rate, and typically the repairs require so little time, that you still get to get out and enjoy everything.
Gybing, or however you spell that word (I've seen it about six different ways), is bad because of the stress on the rigging. In a tack, your boom is typically sheeted in so that it is inside the boat (because you're typically on a reach). As you swing through the wind, the boom slips to the other side (sometimes a bit abruptly), but the swing is somewhere in the neighborhood of a 90 degree arc in many cases. On a gybe, jibe, etc., you are typically running downwind. The boom is out closer to perpendicular to the boat, and when the wind shifts, the boom swings almost 180 degrees. Almost all of the force from the wind is shoving the sail forward, too, as opposed to in a tack where only a portion of the wind's force is actually applied to the sail. This increase in force, combined with the much larger swing, can give the boom and sail a lot of momentum. When they slam into the other side, that puts significantly more strain on the rigging than in a tack. There are ways to control this so a jibe isn't so bad, but an uncontrolled jibe can do real damage to the boat.
To your question about anchoring - if you're in 800 feet, you don't anchor.
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