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    Summer have catboat will trailer. Winter racing and cruising my Catana 39 in the Caribbean.

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  1. My wife and I spent a week on "Victory Chimes," a 3-masted schooner cruising Penobscot Bay out of Rockland, in 2016. The crew and guests hoisted the sails by hand, although there is a donkey engine (1910 Olds as I recall, which replaced an earlier engine) which can hoist the sails as well as the anchor. Other than one day of no wind, the yawl boat was little used except to ferry us (guests) ashore at various stops. It was claimed to have a 300HP diesel. There was a second boat carried in davits as a lifeboat. The advantage of not using the yawl boat was that there was no danger of picking up l
  2. Yes, probably getting ready to gybe. Shouldn't be anyone forward unless that was the case. Or just the bowman going forward made her hard to steer and the boat did a death roll to starboard because she was too far by the lee, put the pole in the water and that broke the foreguy. The line from the masthead is probably the pole lift. Lucky the pole didn't break. Even luckier the shroud didn't break.
  3. The rough equivalent of the sailplane technique is called the "Wally" or "Wallying". But for crossing the current, pretty much as Crash says, you will have to plot out the trade-off. Wind and current are roughly aligned which simplifies matters. Assuming your instruments have GPS input, they will read the correct true wind. A horizontal line from any point on a polar curve to the axis will read VMG, which needs to be corrected for the current. If you choose to sail fast, you give up VMG and must get enough back after reaching shelter to compensate for the extra distance you will sail. An
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