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Re: Lowering the boom
I messed with the sail as Jeff suggested. Jeff, your suggestions made perfect sense and I now feel stupid for coming to them on my own. Brain got stuck in some repetitive rut!!
I also added some low friction rings to the cringle s, makes setting reef foot tension much easier.
I’ve only a couple of trips with her now but there is a marked improvement in her speed and Windward progress. I also need to adjust when I rest, make it sooner. St Vincent to Bequai the other day, 15 - 20 apparent in both owe reach to 60į on the wind, and I had to really deposed the sail a LOT to keep her in her feet. Doing about 6-1/2 knots, which is pretty good for 40,000# on 37 LWLi think. I would have putnin a second reef if it were not such a short trip.
I’m now seriously considering having a third reef point added this summer during layup. Easy to see how it could be real useful.
Thanks to all for the help, got me out of my stupor. The learning goes on.
33' Brewer, Murray 33, steel cutter
44' Pape, Steelmaid, cc steel cutter