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HalcyonDays

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Been out for a lovely Boxing Day sail in Plymouth Sound today. I confirmed I have some sail trim issues. Any help/advice gratefully received! 

Sail trim issues explained at 11m39s!

Happy Christmas,

Jamie


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Good morning Jamie, first I'd like to say how nice your boat looks. With regard to your foresail, yes the drum appears to be high but possibly that way to clear your handrails with the sail
A simple solution and one I did to help sail trim and give a better sheet line to the winch was to raise my sheet blocks. I did this by first using rope between my traveler and my sheet block and made it gradually longer till I found the best length, 125mm in my case then had some short wires made. Hope this may help you,, regards Bert
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Hi Bert,

Thanks Bert!

 

She's a cracking little boat and I'm very fond of her already. I can't wait to get the weed scraped off the bottom and see if I can coax a few more knots out of her!

The solution you suggest would be a quick, cheap and simple fix and has a lot going for it! The angle of the jib sheets onto the winches is too steep at the moment and it would definitely help with that too, which would be a big plus. Maybe a combination of the two would work? It's nice to see under the genoa, but I can't help feeling that having the whole sail down lower would result in better sailing with more drive from lower down, all be it with less visibility. The one concern I have with it is having the sheet block whacking around as the jib sheets flog during a tack. Have you had any issues with that? I guess 125mm isn't such a long stretch of wire, and if the wire is stiff enough that could help reduce any flogging?

Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated!

Jamie


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Hi Jamie, never been a issue with it flogging, if u are concerned about it possible solution could be a elasticated damper to the hand rail maybe. They are great little boats and very good in a heavy seas, Bert
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Thanks Bert, elasticated damper sounds like a good idea. Will try that before moving the furling gear lower! Glad to hear they're good in a heavy sea! I'm looking forward to some costal voyaging this year, including a trip to the scillies. I'm hoping she'll be up to the job! 

Jamie

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I went from Poole to Cherbourg then coastal to Brest, over to. Alderney and back to Poole in her last July, no problems so scillies should be a breeze, I use sheet to tiller steering and once you get it balanced works well on our boats. Loads of info and videos on you tube about it, regards. Bert
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Hello Jamie,

Nice movie! And a good idea to go out sailing on Boxing Day , at least : @ your end the weather was pretty fair. 
In Holland we would have needed a foghorn & radar!

Regarding the Genoa : 

The original sailplane is based on a jib. A Genoa has already a slight different cut. 

I wonder if your Genoa is originally measured for your boat. It is more than 120% I estimate....
It will be a little tweaking to get it right.

Lower in any case. Still placing a second rail more to the back and a second winch would be the better option.

For now perhaps a block on the stern on both sides, with the halyard coming to the winch from behind is a better temporary option.
Or straight to the winch.
Will have to see the movie again then.... Will do somewhere next week.

Cheers for now




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HalcyonDays

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Bert - that's really great to know. I haven't been out in blow yet. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the boat this year, and the Scillies is going to be a real highlight! 

Ernst - Yes, I think you're right. It feels more than 120%. Block and back onto the winch from behind sound like a good solution! I'll look at that one too! Hope the fog clears for you soon!

What I really need is a calm day so I can get the sail up while on the mooring and then get a good shot of it so I can work out angles and where the ideal track position would be. 

Jamie

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