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Here are some basic numbers:

For a 'racer' you better be able to tack within 90 degrees or you won't really be competitive (I am referring to 'high performance' boats racing one design, not PHRF).

For a moderate cruiser / racer with decent sails, you should be able to tack within 100 degrees.

If you have a older heavy cruiser with older sails, then greater than 100, but I have no idea of the actual numbers.


Whats the desired (preferred) pointing angle then....I know depends on boat/conditions of sails etc..

But in general what is the range of "normal" compared to what is too wide and needs to be addressed..?
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