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Subject: Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration

brian henry
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Date Posted: 21/04/06 19:06:38
In reply to: nick 's message, "Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration" on 21/04/06 15:58:34

Nick, I suppose it also depends on the strength of wind. In the Med. the wind often rises very suddenly and very strongly, which means one regularly finds oneself reefing too late and under hard-pressed circumstances.

Even with the autohelm, many is the time I have been struggling alone with a sometimes filled, sometimes flogging mainsail, while the autohelm is peeping away telling that it has lost the course, partly due to the skittish characteristics of the keel-rudder configuration, partly due to change of centre of effort with the mainsail no longer effective and partly due to having lost way through the water and consequently rudder effect.

But I always feel like a voice in the wilderness on this point, I've never heard others agree or disagree. I'd really like to hear other viewpoints, not anecdotal or hearsay, but from those who really like or dislike the system from experience of reefing alone in a rising gale. Maybe I'm just not doing it right! Or, as you put it, I just haven't "mastered the technique"

Best, B.

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Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail ConfigurationGary Rowitt21/04/06 19:30:56
    Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configurationnick22/04/06 14:07:09

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