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alecadi

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Tacking a cutter? How to do it...?
« on: April 26, 2010, 08:16:42 PM »
Having so far only sailed sloop rigged boats I'm wondering how to tack a cutter?

Is it more difficult in order to have the genoa going around the forestay and pass neatly between headstay and forestay?

What about sailing downwind : do you put up the staysail and the genoa with the main ? or only the genoa and mains'l?

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Alec
PS: still looking for my CSY 37...  ;D

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 04:49:09 AM »
HI Alec

'Someday' is our first cutter rig and we are still experimenting and learning.

Occasionaly we find in very light winds the sheets on the genoa get caught behind the inner stay, but with a bit of tugging and careful language they usually release themselves.

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 07:48:09 PM »
Thanks
Alec

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 12:00:19 AM »
Alec,

Tacking a cutter is no big deal and only slightly more complicated than doing the same with a sloop.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 10:14:14 AM »
For a broad reach you will have to drop the staysail.

Dave


I suppose it is because the stays'l would mask the wind tyo the jib?

Thanks Dave for your input .
Very usefull.
Hope I'll get my CSY 37 soon !!
Alec

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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 02:13:56 AM »
Alec,

Yes, on a broad reach the staysail will block wind from getting to the much larger jib, so it needs to come down.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2010, 02:04:04 PM »
Alec - When you find your boat, if you are fortunate to find one on which the club boom on the stays'l has not been removed, KEEP IT!