I really liked having autopilot on my last boat and one-touch tacking... I guess I'm most concerned about the tiller clutch (as with the autopilot) when hoisting/dousing/gybing the chute. But, hey, I can try something different! Or try to fix my autopilot! Or sail with crewTillerClutch is your solo friend.
I'm only competitive upwind on one tack and when it's flat. I tack, lock off the tiller then go and deal with the jib. That leaves plenty of time where the jib is on the wrong side of the main... So Sunday I was sailing away from the boats upwind until I tacked. Then I'd catch back up and pass for a bit and then have to tack again... If auto worked right I'd be in front of the mainsheet for the tack and I'd not lose that time.I'm curious how do you guys make your boat go upwind well when single / shorthanded in wind and chop and stay competitive against the fleet? I find that is my weakest area, trying to get upwind in stronger winds and chop.
Last Sunday with just my wife and two dogs in 25-28knts just outside Angels Gate:I'm curious how do you guys make your boat go upwind well when single / shorthanded in wind and chop and stay competitive against the fleet? I find that is my weakest area, trying to get upwind in stronger winds and chop.
I am actually surprised how little reef you needed on your mainsail. I had imagined with 2 up in those wind you'd be on to your second reef to keep the boat flat.Last Sunday with just my wife and two dogs in 25-28knts just outside Angels Gate:
- #4 Jib with a fuck ton of luff tension and outboard lead.
- #1 Reef in Main with another fuck ton of luff tension. The reef proved about a 1/2 knot faster than full sail.
- Max Runner on to maintain headstay tension and flatten mainsail. The newly added double purchase was huge here. Great test.
- Vang on hard
- Main traveler played in puffs but mostly all the way down.
- Mainsheet Fine Tune played in puffs.
- Target boat speed roughly 6 knots but mostly working to keep boat flat and controlled.
- Steer bow down to maintain flow on foils and punch through waves. Don't pinch, ever.
A fully crewed boat will still roll you almost every time. There is no substitution for human ballast. The boat needs at least 5 to be competitive.
The runners control Headstay sag. Start pulling them on upwind when you need to point and/or depower. It also supports the mast tip downwind with the kite. We run a 16:1 with gross tune forward and fine tune aft. For tacks or jibes, pull/release the gross, then adjust the fine. Your sail design and amount of crew dictate how much runner is used.How do you use the runners? upwind only in strong breeze and downwind with spinnaker. Or at all time whatever the wind speed and direction? do you completely remove the runners in some particular situation?
I'm discovering the boat and never used runners before.
The controls are designed to be intuitive to the user and based on crew size (short handed or full crew), racing styles (buoy or coastal) and budget.I never had a boat so light! It jumps ahead at the slightest breeze. Very satisfying. We will give some headhache to the local fleet in the coming race. Because of the pandemia, last year, I could not cross the boarder to get the boat myself. It was delivered to me at the Canadian boarder. I never visit the boat with the rig on and all set for sailing. Sheets and blocks were in a box and mast down. I think my Col30 was not too much modified and was pretty much kept at the original set-up. I rigged the boat like I thought it sould be and there is no other boat of that kind in my place to compare. Anyone could post pictures of the mast foot set-up for cunningham, reefing system, boom vang and any other upgrade added? Is your mainsail equipped with sliders or it goes out of the mast when not hoisted?
you can set up a bolt rope main with slides that will fit in the existing track. don't add track. I have a 'delivery' main with slugs on it exactly for these shorthanded trips where I won't be able to flake or roll the main by myself at the other end of the journey.Thanks for the advises.
Yesterday, me and my wife on the boat, wind 25-28 kts and sailing upwind, it was sporty. Two reefs in the mainsail and the gib reduced to minimum. We were easily left behind by a J-Boat 36-38 feet. I have the original square top Dacron mainsail which is still in good condition as it wasn't use too much by the previous owner. But the reefing system needs to be improved. With two reefs, we were not able to give the sail a decent shape. The gib is laminate, not new but still good, on a furler. Not the best when it is not fully open. There again, the shape was bad. I'm thinking to get a smaller gib for stronger winds. Also, with two peoples, the mainsail hoisting and droping is not easy with the bolt rope. The battens needs a lot of help to slide in the guide. Thinking to upgrade with a track on the mast and sliders on the mainsail. I tried the assymetric spinaker with 8-10 kts of wind. Pretty easy to manage. Until what wind force do you keep the big assymetric on? Do you use a retrieving line to drop it directly in the companionway in heavy conditions?