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Old 16-06-2014, 09:28   #1
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On Starboard or Port Tack?

Is this boat on a port tack or starboard tack?



Seems the mainsail is the one closest to the stern, so I believe it is on a starboard back.
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Old 16-06-2014, 09:35   #2
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

ticky bit of a situation. But I agree, it is on a starboard tack. Following applies if you're confused. Colregs rule 12

12. Sailing vessels
Two sailing vessels approaching one another must give-way as follows:
Port gives way to Starboard. When each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind to port must give way;
Windward gives way to leeward. When both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is windward must give way to the vessel which is leeward;
Unsure port gives way. If a vessel, with the wind on the port side, sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or the starboard side, they must give way.
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

In racing when coming up against a downwind boat we usually looked to see which side the boom for the mainsail was on.
Not sure on that one though.
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

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In racing when coming up against a downwind boat we usually looked to see which side the boom for the mainsail was on.
Not sure on that one though.

The rules are clear, if you are unsure then if YOU are on a port tack , you give way.

Hence you don't always have to determine the others aspect.

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Re: on starboard or port tack?

There's no doubt that he's on a starboard tack, but what would you call that rig?
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

Starboard. Defined by the boom/aft mainsail being on the port side.
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Old 16-06-2014, 11:06   #7
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

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There's no doubt that he's on a starboard tack, but what would you call that rig?
I'd call it a cat ketch Freedom rig with a mizzen staysail. Just guessing.
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

The hull design looks like a Freedom 40.
It was marketed as a cat ketch.
That would indicate a main and a mizzen.
If that's the case, port tack.

Ask Garry Hoyt, he designed them


ps - Hud, you beat me to it, at least it looks like a Freedom to two of us lol.
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

I thought it was a schooner rig too. Found another view with a different perspective. Looks like the rear mast is very slightly shorter than the one forward. So it is a ketch on a port tack. That is one confusing yet very interesting rig.

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Re: on starboard or port tack?

I think on the first photo the boat is DDW with the main centered. On the second photo of the boat it is on a port tack (still pretty much DDW but off just a little)
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

2nd pic, definitely port tack
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Just avoid them, obviously slightly eccentric with that rig, no telling how they'll react. :-)
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The boat is a freedom 40 with a cat- ketch rig. On a port tack
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Re: on starboard or port tack?

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I think on the first photo the boat is DDW with the main centered. ----
sb1 I don't follow. What sail are you considering to be the mainsail?
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sb1 I don't follow. What sail are you considering to be the mainsail?
its a cat -ketch, the mainmast is the forward one.


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