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Old 10-12-2010, 08:55   #61
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Originally Posted by Blue Stocking View Post
My 1965 built, skinny hull, deep draft Rhodes Reliant sails best at the angle just as the beer slides to l'ward on the cockpit table. The beer has to be 50% gone, with a thin film of condensate formed.
S&S, I could crew for you. Our boats have simple trim criteria, as outlined above.
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No problem Blue Stocking

I wish I had a the pic of my 4 y.o. daugher standing with one foot on the deck and one on the cabin side loaded on this computer. Going in the 9's in 30 kts of wind gives us somewhat more than a 30 degree heel.

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Old 10-12-2010, 14:22   #62
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Originally Posted by GeoPowers View Post
So we should all be DIW and keep our sails flogging in the wind so we can stay at zero then, huh?

I don't think the OP cares about the theoretical optimum heel angle for all boats in a perfect closed environment. He was asking for real world experiences on a specific model boat.

Ah - no thats not what I said - I said the flatter the better not that you should be DIW and flat and sails flogging, My experience on my monos was not dissimilar to cats, on my monos - too much heel meant to much drag from rudder mainly and less impact (positive ) from keel. I found on my monos that reefing quite often resulted in flatter sailing and increased VMG.

But that was just on my monos, others might have different laws of physics operating.

As for the OP - my submission stands, try sailing it a little flatter and see how the VMG changes, then you will know for sure on your own boat.

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