101230Re: How do you tack? (was CYOA - Ash Ling)
- Oct 2, 2008I need more Tact???
Upwind- small jib- good air, I move to the high side, where I can hook
one knee over the tiller to steer or sit up straight if the weather
helm gets strong.
Light air reach with bigger gennys, I trim for a little lee helm and
stay low to watch beneath the sail, lee helm lets me steer with one foot.
Moderate air on a reach, I usually stand up, lift the tiller and hold
it behind my back. so I can lean on it and steer with just a little
Long run, I set a preventer or drop the main and hoist two hanked on
gennys and move to the afterdeck, with two lines tied to the
tiller>run through snatch blocks> prop a cushion or two against the
pushpit and use the lines like reins...
--- In email@example.com, "Eric White"
> Tack. That was my first thought, too. <grin>
> But it brings up a question to you tiller users:
> When you tack, do you:
> A. move to the windward side of the boat
> B. switch hands on the tiller
> C. A and B
> D. keep your butt in the same spot
> E. it depends.....
> I've seen people do all of the above except B only. I fall into the C
> catagory - I move to the windward side and switch hands. I think this
> is because I did almost all my early sailing on stuff like Sunfish,
> Force 5, etc. I had to move to the windward side or the boat would
> tip over. I switched hands on the tiller because the hand towards the
> bow controlled the main sheet, so the hand toward the stern controlled
> the rudder. (Note - "controlled" was sometimes a relative term).
> I think this was reinforced when sailing a boat with any weather helm.
> When sitting to windward you hold the tiller towards you; when sitting
> to leeward you constantly have to push the tiller away. Holding it
> toward me seems to take less effort and felt more natural.
> So, how do you tack?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Ouellette
> <pat@> wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 03:02:43PM -0000, jeff talbut wrote:
> > >
> > > Sighhh!!...Don't be "sorry" that was a sigh of relief...JT
> > > Oh, by the way...about this reoccurring tiller cramp...
> > >
> > Tack more often ;-)>
> > --
> > Patrick Ouellette pat@
> > ne4po (at) arrl (dot) net Amateur Radio: NE4PO
> > "Crank the amp to 11, this needs more cowbell - and a llama wouldn't
> hurt either"
> > "Your arguments are an odd mix of overly optimistic on one side and
> > pessimistic on the other"
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