Sails

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  • November 09, 2012 9:04 PM
    Reply # 1134000 on 1126696
    Jim, why do you say having the mast vertical was a mistake?
  • November 11, 2012 10:27 AM
    Reply # 1134764 on 1126696

    The way I try to think about this reefing business is to try to keep the sail areas balanced with as much sail area forward of the mast as there is aft.  That way I can steer with only minor use of the tiller.  I prefer to stay on course using the sails.

    Ralph

  • November 11, 2012 11:31 AM
    Reply # 1134823 on 1126696
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    I understand the type of sailing you're doing as we've spent a lot of time in a river in the Calif. Delta out of Stockton.  We got to the point where we motor west and then downwind sail back to Stockton.  Last month we moved the boat to San Francisco so we can actually sail.  I've learned that when we reef early it actually turns out to be the right time - not early.  After our first reef we still have a full jib and stay sail.  We reduce the jib first but usually have some jib up. In the past we would have just the jib up, usually without the stay sail.  We now sail almost always with the stay sail up, something we also learned from Dave King. We have roller furling on both sails making it easy to adjust sail combinations.  

    The reason I say our mast being almost straight was a mistake, was that we had the bowsprit off to be polished and hurriedly put things together to get to the Bay and Rendezvous. I checked the mast and it was almost straight, but didn't have time to make any changes.  After sailing some I believe it sailed better when I had about 4" of rake as it was before. But that's just our boat with the sails we have.  I think Bud calls for 6" of rake. This is what we've found sailing our boat,  others may be quite a bit different.

    Jim

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  • November 13, 2012 6:31 AM
    Reply # 1136278 on 1126696
    My yankee is hanked on, so it is all or nothing for me. The only point of sail that I find the staysail to be more of a bother is a run, which I try to avoid due to the unpleasant motion.
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