Originally Posted by GeoPowers
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.