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Old 14-02-2016, 18:34   #16
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Re: 40 Knots Happy Wife Video... What Sailing is all about!

We'll try letting out the Yankee a little next time this situation comes up. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 14-02-2016, 18:42   #17
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Re: 40 Knots Happy Wife Video... What Sailing is all about!

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Lucky you. My wife only takes the wheel when I say it is absolutely necessary and that pretty much is never

Not that she can't, just she does not like it. The most I manage is having her doing some practice, including bad conditions just in case some day it will be necessary and she does that rather well and after 20 minutes of impeccable steering she says: Can I go now

She has a point, she says that I am the one that likes to sail, she likes to be on nice places at anchor...and she knows that I can sail the boat alone.smile:
The only steering issue we have on board regarding my wife, is that she doesn't understand the aerodynamic principles of sailing. I've tried many times to explain sail shape, wind direction, sail trim etc and it always falls on deaf ears. Our sails can be completely luffing or even back winded, and she doesn't see a problem or know how to remedy the situation. Motoring or on a steady course with a steady wind she's fine. I'm not quite sure how to solve the issue.

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The only steering issue we have on board regarding my wife, is that she doesn't understand the aerodynamic principles of sailing. I've tried many times to explain sail shape, wind direction, sail trim etc and it always falls on deaf ears. Our sails can be completely luffing or even back winded, and she doesn't see a problem or know how to remedy the situation. Motoring or on a steady course with a steady wind she's fine. I'm not quite sure how to solve the issue.

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Have you tried any illustrations of airfoils? When we took our sailing classes a 100 years ago the first thing they taught us was Bernoulli's principle, and using airplane wing illustrations.
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Re: 40 Knots Happy Wife Video... What Sailing is all about!

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The only steering issue we have on board regarding my wife, is that she doesn't understand the aerodynamic principles of sailing. I've tried many times to explain sail shape, wind direction, sail trim etc and it always falls on deaf ears. Our sails can be completely luffing or even back winded, and she doesn't see a problem or know how to remedy the situation. Motoring or on a steady course with a steady wind she's fine. I'm not quite sure how to solve the issue.

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!! Start by having her learn to trim, measure shape etc by using a knotmetre and tell tails. Once she can get feedback from the knotmetre as a reference, she'll associated flitter of the tails and the shape of teh sail and not need the knotmetre. From there the rest of the science will come to her.
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Re: 40 Knots Happy Wife Video... What Sailing is all about!

kenomac......Your wife! does she cook? and if so is she married?

LOL.....Nice video sir.
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kenomac......Your wife! does she cook? and if so is she married?

LOL.....Nice video sir.
You just had to bring up cooking...............
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I decided to post this video after reading a recent thread about how few women seem to take the helm..... <snip>
My wife rarely takes the helm when we're sailing. It's almost always otto. But she can dock the boat better than me.

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Came in yesterday. Nice day, just went out whalewatching and saw a ton of whales. She informed me I was deckmonkey and she took the helm for return and docking. She has the absolutely uncanny ability to spin the boat on it's keel a perfect 90 degrees and be lined up with the slip. Docking was a thing of beauty. She's very good. Our boat has a 10'6" beam and the slip is maybe 11'6". She doesn't even graze the edges. And all the dodging of kayaks, paddleboarders, and jetskis was effortless when she's helming.

There's no reason that females shouldn't drive the damn boat. I've sailed for 30 years and she's better at the helm than I am.

Oh, and awesome video Kenomac. Looked like fun.
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I decided to post this video after reading a recent thread about how few women seem to take the helm. Pam does all the steering during anchoring and occasionally while underway, with the auto pilot taking care of most of the duties. ...

Exactly how we work it on our boat. It always amazes me to see men doing the easy job of driving the boat while their wives are up front handling heavy anchoring gear or picking up moorings.
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We are sailing along just under bare poles making 9 knots. I do have the 100hp Yanmar running at an easy 1500rpms (maybe 20hp) just to assist my wife with steering if necessary and to charge the house batteries. I had the choice between this set up or leaving the mainsail unfurled to 25%, but setting up a preventer in this case would be a hassle for very little gain... if any.

We need to run either our generator or engine at least two hours per day to charge the batteries, because we live 100% on the hook in anchorages.
I don't know if you can call it "sailing". To me it's more like wind assisted motoring

In these conditions I just roll out some headsail and don't bother with the spinnaker pole. Sometimes I find that sheeting in more than what seems ideal when the sail is full is a good idea as it prevents the sail from trying to gybe when it collapses if you steer a little to far.
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