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Posted: 2010/September/12 at 5:22pm | IP Logged Quote gotwind

Sailed this Saturday in 15-25 knot winds and 2-4 foot waves.  The tiller felt really heavy as the boat kept wanting to turn into the wind. 

I was sailing the full main and my storm jib.  Would reefing have helped with tiller feel?  (I am new to having a sail I can reef)

What is your reefing set up like?

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Posted: 2010/September/14 at 12:28pm | IP Logged Quote SANWALD

Yes, when you have more power in the main than the jib I think you get what they call weather helm.

Last year( my year starts in Nov ! won't be long now) We where sailing along with the wind and just the jib with the CB up. We tried to come about, tried several times and each time we stalled,where in irons, did not have enough speed to go through the wind. The rudder acts as a brake when you push it "all the way over" the chanel was narrow with some trafic and my wife did not understand " back the jib " so we started the motor .

I have the one line jiffy reefingg like in the manual. I have tried tying the reefing gromets of the main with seperate lines but that is a pita. I do not reef much as most of the time if the wind gets up the wife wants to go fishing!    When it is really blowing the Storm jib alone does its job well. I wish I had a storm main for those says where you know it will blow for a while.

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Posted: 2010/September/14 at 2:20pm | IP Logged Quote gotwind

Ron,
  Sort of the opposite happened last night.  Tiller was once again heavy, so we reduced from our genoa to the working jib and the tiller then felt really light. 

  This whole reefing thing has me stumped.  My boom is not rigged for it, although the sail has a set of reefing points.  Looks like I have a winter project!

  Thanks for the reply.

  Kevin



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Posted: 2010/September/15 at 12:35am | IP Logged Quote SANWALD

Are you sure. There is not much to the jiffy reefing system. Do you not have the cleat and v slot jam cleat riveted to the boom.

I find that when the tiller is heavy it is because the sail trim is not right. Let the jib sheet out a little, move the main traveler a little and the tiller becomes lighter.   I think it is like , we try to get the most out of the sail in the wrong way, lossen up a bit, works for me. Hard for me to explain , on the boat it is easier when you can feel the results.

"Real men don't reef" Have fun before the ice comes!

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Posted: 2010/September/15 at 6:46am | IP Logged Quote gotwind

There is a V jam cleat on the boom near the mast and a cleat near the end of the boom on the same side as the v cleat but no cheek blocks, which I though there was suppose to be for Jiffy Reefing? 

And you know the saying...."When in doubt, let it out!"



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Posted: 2010/September/15 at 12:30pm | IP Logged Quote SANWALD

I think thats it, the reefing line runs from the outboard cleat through the two gromets in the sail and then to the inboard cleat.   I wish there was a third gromet in the middle of the sail.

Try running a line through the gromets and I think you may see how it works.

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