If you have a 29 year old main then replace it - even if you are not
racing. The boat will be better balanced in any kind of wind and you
will be able to sail the boat flatter, faster, higher to the wind and
will be forced to reef less often. When you do reef you will very
seldom have to use the double reef,
The second sail to replace is the blade. The boat will point higher and
go faster with a new blade.
The main argument if you dont crae about sailing for performance is
windy days. the boat will feel better and safer as there will be less
formerly Full Tilt 2
] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 11:39 AM
Subject: RE: [Niagara Sail Boat Owners Page] Re: Mast Tuning
My replies to the group don't seem to be making it, so I'm posting them
as "new posts". Here's the first:
This is our fourth season at BPYC. Cindy and I joined in 2007, right
after buying Salsa. What a great club! Were you one of the guys driving
the pilings for the docks in the early days? It must have been difficult
to leave, but cutting the drive from 30 minutes or more down to 10 would
be hard to resist.
I'm told our sails are original (1979), though I think the #1 was recut
when it was modified to fit the furler and the main has been modified
with full battens. We basically day sail and on any kind of a reach the
boat hits six knots with just a breath of wind. I'm sure if we raced
we'd have pointing issues but we don't (so far) and we're very satisfied
with the performance from 30 year old sails.
Anyway, I guess I'll dial back the pre-bend in the mast a little. I've
noticed a bit of a wrinkle running from the tack to the leech of the
main since I increased the bend and it doesn't go away with
halyard/outhaul tension. Maybe the bend is at fault.
s/v Salsa - Niagara 26 #34
<mailto:niagarasailboatownerspage%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:19 PM
Subject: [Niagara Sail Boat Owners Page] Re: Mast Tuning.
You are very true. I just replaced my main, #1 and #3 this year and it
is a totally new boat. I have to unlearn a lot of "bad" habits and learn
I layed my mainsail on the ground and measured the curve in the luff and
then put in a little less prebend. With the new sail it doesn't stretch
like the old one so I find my adjustments are in small increments which
make a big difference.
I have had the boat 29 years and I am still learning or relearning.
How long have you been a member at BPYC? I was the 17th member of that
club. I left after 14 years (1994) and moved to EYC since it is a 10
minute drive from my house. I was living in Scarborough when I joined
Wave Walker #16
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