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Date Posted: - Monday - 04/12/10 - 9:52am
Author: Paul M31 #106
Subject: No experience with sailing with a mizzen yet
In reply to: Lyle Harris 's message, "Up wind, up mizzen; down wind, down mizzen" on - Sunday - 04/11/10 - 10:18pm

but that seems to make sense... while looking for, and buying my Ketch, I did quite a bit of reading on the expected behavior of the boat with different sail configurations and there was one particilar article that went into detail explaining how the mizzen should be used...

Bottom line (in the article) was that, once the Main was set for close hauled sailing, the Main would almost certainly block the Mizzen and leaving it up will cause it to back wind and slow you down.

As close reach can be done with the Main slightly looser than the mizzen - pretty much as one would do with the genoa and main.

Beam and Broad reach - all sails come to their element.

Wind aft of beam gets tricky and can cause the boat to become round up, especially in gusts - not a bad idea to drop the mizzen for stability - much as you stated.

I can't wait to get her out and try for myself - and report back, with pictures, of course.

I am hoping to get a chance to fly the Mizzen Staysail as well...

Just three more weeks... ;-)

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[> [> mizzen -- Doug Wilson, - Monday - 04/12/10 - 4:13pm

I have sailed down wind "jigger and jib" quite a bit, and it seems to work well.
I have also used the mizzen on anchor in the brisk north winds here in Mexico. It does slow the swing, holds the boat more into the wind.

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[> [> [> Sail combos -- Craig M31 #25 Hibou, - Tuesday - 04/13/10 - 9:32pm

I generally sail with my mizzen on all points of sail (on my Force 50). Last weekend we set the yankee, reefed main, and mizzen and made 6 knots into an 18-20 kn breeze. Later we shook out the reef and set the staysail for the broad reach home averaging 8.7 kn, and we did go over 9 kn for a little while.
Jib and jigger worked well on Hibou; staysail and jigger on the Force 50 doesn't work.
The mizzen isn't so much a drive sail as it is a balancing sail, easing the pressure on the helm.

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