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Re: Dehler 39 racing........pointing
Some more information and questions:
1. Prop - is yours fixed, folding, or feathering? If you have a fixed prop your performance will REALLY suffer.
2. Wind conditions - the lighter the wind the harder it is to point high. in 5 kts you'll be lucky to get to 45 degrees Apparent Wind Angle (AWA). At 15 kts you should be able to point higher than 40 AWA
3. Halyard tension - do you adjust for weather conditions? Light air = light halyard tension. Heavy air requires more halyard to flatten the sail.
4. Rig stuff - with a 140 headsail the clew will be aft of the spreaders. How narrow or wide is your sheeting angle? If the sail can't come in past the spreaders or shrouds it will be difficult to trim the head sail all the way in.
5. Rig stuff continued: Main sheet and traveler. Do you have a traveler and if so where is it? coachroof, bridge deck, or at the boom end? Boom end is the best.
6. Backstay - There should be enough tension on the backstay so that the forestay does not sag.
6. When going to max point in decent wind (8-10 kts) you need to have the headsail trimmed in hard. The main sheet should be on very hard. Then you use the traveler to get the boom up to the centerline.
if you have those settings you should able to point as high as your boat will allow. Certainly higher than any cruising boat. Not as high as serious racing boats.
Lastly, it takes time to get the boat to point. Don't just trim everything in and then steer to 40 degrees AWA. First build speed. Get the water flowing over the keel and rudder. Once you have decent speed then head up, trim in, head up, trim in. it's a gradual process that takes 30 seconds or so.
Next time you're out take some pictures of your sails. Aim straight up the mast. Also not the wind speed and your AWA.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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