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Old 17-06-2007, 15:02   #1
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cat jibing angles

Due to the comments on another thread, I'm curious which of the cruising cats out there sail hot angles downwind for best Vmg, and which ones definitely do not. I have chartered a Privilege 39 and a Kennex 445 in the Caribbean and neither boat had enough increase in speed to make it worthwhile to sail anywhere close to a beam reach apparent wind to get a better Vmg downwind. The jibing angles seemed to work out to be a lot closer to what you would sail on a monohull keelboat (moderate cruiser/racer). Perhaps my impressions are due to the fact that not many charter boats come with a spinnaker (or cost exhorbitantly extra so I didn't get one). So if you do sail hot angles downwind, include whether that is with a spinnaker (or Screacher, Hooter, Code 0, whatever BA sail).

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I imagine it would depend on several factors, like...wind speed and wind stability, your boat, your rig design and your sails.

Several days at sea sailing dead down wind would be covered by that other thread. A Sunday sail on the bay could be entirely different.

It's entirely possible that a broad reach and jibing can be faster for some boats. Not my boat though.

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I sail just enough off the wind to avoid an unintentional jibe. When cruising, one may spend hours or even days on the same general point of sail. You can't constantly watch the wind and helm to avoid a jibe like you can while day sailing.

I try not to get further than ~150 deg apparent wind angle. Of course the true wind is a little further astern than that.

If I were not so lazy and deployed the gennaker and dowsed the main, there would be less risk.

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