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You shuld be using the jib and the main while close hauled. The main is blanketed by the jib. This causes the main not to work properly and you cannot tack. Use your jib and mizzen sail only for close hauled sailing. You will tack more easily and most probably you will not loose any speed.

The jib changes the wind direction for the main and the main changes the wind direction for the mizzen. The main hardly works and the mizzen does not work at all. If you dont use the main when close hauled the mizzen worksin more free wind.
 

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If you wish to sail with all your sails, you can backwind the mizzen by pushing the boom with your hand when in irons.
 

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You may be releasing the jib sheet to early. Leave the jib sheeted hard in on the original tack.

Put the helm over and wait till the jib pushes you round before releasing the sheet.

I used to sail a heavy 3/4 keel ketch that was slow to tack in light winds, the above worked for me.
 

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What TQA said will work back the jib until the nose comes round,I have a full keel yacht also try and keep your speed up while tacking,nice looking yacht by the way.
 

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I'm new to this forum.I'm seeking advice on tacking.I get in irons many times when tacking
Beautiful boat! Can you tell us about it?

Tacking to windward, especially short tacking, is the heavy lifting of sailing.

I sail a yawl which doesn't have your ketch rigged mizzens power. Our yawls main IS the power to windward. Once pinched up tight, the mizzen mostly luffs gently in the mains flow(Doused in this photo which is better still).



Short tacking to windward, is all about speed. We need all our power. We need to trim sails for speed first. We need to keep moving- through tacks- to allow moving the headsail from deck to deck, especially if wind is light. Keep your boat going.

Your boat is similar in that it will take time to put it's bow through the wind.

I'd try with the mizzen alone as suggested, but also try it trimming the main centerline, even if the mizzen luffs in it's turbulence. Your mains power-forward, may allow you to point higher and maintain speed through your tacks.

Short tacking is work! But it's also one of sailings more rewarding tasks. Good luck.
 

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Tarry Not is a replica of a Chesapeake Bay Brogan ( a smaller version of the bugeye). 35'LWL.I draw 3' with the board up.All rigging is traditional-as near as I can make it anyway.she's all wood construction.with movable lead ballast.
Otherwise she is a joy to sail.
 

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Thanks to all for your input!
Did you get her tacking? Learning a new rig can mean UNLEARNING previous lessons. My 32' sharpie ketch tacks pretty easy (canoe hull) ,
but a few things come to mind:
1) as said before, trim for speed.
2) Is your board all the way down?
3) When you need to round up, blow the jib sheet and flatten the mizzen as you put the helm down. The sails have a LOT of leverage on our rig.
 
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