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Date Posted: - Friday - 04/27/07 - 3:42pm
Author: Randall
Subject: 10 degrees, easy!!!
In reply to: Will M31 "Salvia" 's message, "How close can you sail?" on - Tuesday - 04/24/07 - 4:31pm

Kidding. :)

If I remember right, I placed the wind vane markers at the masthead at something like 90* apart.

I have much the same genny, but itís far from new.

In a nice breeze, letís call it 15 knots apparent, I can point Murre right on the marker or the width of the vane tale off the marker. Iíd guess this is something like 40*, 45* or 50* off apparent wind, 4 to 4 and a half points off.

In light winds, Murre canít point as high. Itís a good heeling over that allows her to hunt.

In a reefing wind, she can often point a little higher, even with a baggily rolled up genny and as long as I move the jib sheet cars a few feet forward, because the main and mizzen flatten out wonderfully with a tuck.

I can point much higher with all sails pulled in flat like a J boat, but her speed goes to nothing much above the angles mentioned. The trick w/Murre is finding that balance between up wind angle and speed.

Murre is not a wonder sailing upwind, but I usually only notice it if Iím in with another boat of similar size. I can often maintain a match for speed (or nearly so), but have to bear off 10* or more to do it. It can be frustrating, but itís the nature of the design.

Using the mizzen for upwind work can be tricky too. In very light wind you need itóyou need everything. But as wind speed increases, it starts to backfill from the main and brake the boat, and it can add a ton of weather helm. But in moderate wind (wind where you wish you could fly everything, but the full mizzen is working against you) I find that reefing it works really well. Reefing the mizzen flattens it out and effectively gets the belly of the sail out of the way of the main and can often be far better than simply dropping it.

That the kind of info youíre looking for?


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[> [> More response -- Will M31 "Salvia", - Monday - 04/30/07 - 2:26pm

We're getting ready to purchase a new main and mizzen. I hope it helps. I'm thinking of having the mizzen cut so it's flat without reefing.

I applaud you if you tack through 90 degrees into the wind. We are more like 150 degrees. I'm sailing an Island Packet in a couple of weeks - anxious to see how that one fares (also a full keel heavy displacement boat). I'll share any rigging tips I pick up.

Where are the other owners? Does anyone else want to share their experiences??

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