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Learning to sail!

My wife and I finally got to sail out new to us Macgregor 25.

We had it out once before, but didn't sail. It took us an hour to motor out to a depth that was sailing friendly, we are on FL nature coast. The time we had allotted to us meant it was time to turn around and motor in.

Ok, so yesterday we get out again. We sailed for close to 6 hours! We had a great time. We did a lot of experimenting with sail trim. We could definitely feel different trims affecting performance.

A question now. We had difficulty sailing into the wind. I would guess that 30 degrees either side was as close as we could get. It seemed to me that 60 degrees total was kind of lousy. Is this likely a sail trim problem or boat design issue? Perhaps combination of both?

Finally, after motoring out for an hour, we idled down the outboard. It idled for 15 seconds, then shut off. It would not restart. (I am a mechanic, so not asking for troubleshooting advice). We did our sailing, then sailed back in the shallow (less than 5 ft at some points) and narrow (about 60 feet for most of it) channel, and docked under sail power. We were somewhat proud of ourselves!

At any rate, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to when we have time to go again.
 

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Thanks for the compliments.

The motor lost spark. My first instinct tells me that either the kill switch or oil alert switch is the culprit, as coils and CDI units rarely fail when this new.

Yes, I likely was off in my estimation of wind angle. I was using fixed points on land to guess those angles I stated. I am not sure if I am glad to hear that 45 degrees would be the norm. I thought (as I said, we don't know how to sail) that most boats would sail closer to the wind. Our wind vane got bumped while stepping the mast and was non functional for the day. I fixed it when we took the mast down to trailer home.
 

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This may help explain how close you sail to where the wind is coming from. You may also notice the angle of the sails relative to the wind.

Thank you for that pic. That is what I understood from reading. I was disappointed because I couldn't get closer to the wind. The pic you posted indicates that the 'no sail' zone is about 30 degrees, not 90.... and I was having trouble at 60.
 
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