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Old 07-02-2014, 14:34   #16
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

Depends on whether its a race (all the time) day sail (lot of the time) or a cruise (only when needed) and how many young people are aboard who like to crank on the winches. If just out for a day sail I'll usually change course to keep the sails full when shorthanded and relaxed. If I have a destination I'll trim when required to keep the sails drawing well.
Just depends.
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

It is inversely proportional to how much beer I've had. The more beer the less trimming. The less beer the more trimming.
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I hear that.

Funny though when it applies to "when to reef" nobody says "Just wait, it will change back."
Again, being that I'm smart, and I like beer... I always reef extra early so as not to be concerned with spilling the beer.
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It is inversely proportional to how much beer I've had. The more beer the less trimming. The less beer the more trimming.
You said it so much clearer!
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Again, being that I'm smart, and I like beer... I always reef extra early so as not to be concerned with spilling the beer.
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Old 07-02-2014, 14:46   #21
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and how many young people are aboard who like to crank on the winches.
so basically whether you have to do, or if you can tell someone else to do (while having that beer I assume)?
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Old 07-02-2014, 14:54   #22
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

As often as needed, when the yarn goes to the wrong position. As long as the sails are not luffing and we are making good time, don't usually fool with it too much, unless the wind shifts or our heading.
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Old 07-02-2014, 15:29   #23
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

Obviously it depends on who is at the helm. I tend to "set it and forget it" while my sailing partner is constantly screwing around with something, whether it needs it or not.
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

The amount of trimming I do is inversely proportional to the distance to the nearest sailboat. If no other boats are around, set it and forget it.

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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

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I hear that.

Funny though when it applies to "when to reef" nobody says "Just wait, it will change back."
When to reef: you're heeled over at 55 degrees, and the galley is filling with water backing up through the sink drain.
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

It depends on where my wife is sitting. When she is down below there is a max limit of 15 degrees heel and if she is cooking, which is most of the time, it is a 10 degree heel limit.

So I have to trim to meet those requirements.

If she is on deck fishing I have to trim to keep the boat at whatever trolling speed she wants. Then, when she hooks up - which is pretty frequent, I have to trim to slow the boat enough to allow her to get the fish in.

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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

To us triming means reefing !! set it and change course to keep her full!! We don't mess with it if it's sailin !! But then we don't race, and are never in a hurry !! If the wind drops and we need to trim then maybe we will if she won't sail full and on !
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

When the wind shifts enough so i am goin' in the direction i was just be comin' from then i ponder whether i should trim or knot.

i learnid dis from experience

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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

When I hear a bottle fall over in the galley, I might reef. (Then forget to unreef later.)
When my beloved wants to use the head, I'll luff up a bit.
When we get to where we're going, I might douse.
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Re: How often do you trim them sails?

Some people are obsessive, they tend to be racers. Personally they drive me a bit nuts, I don't find it relaxing at all. I live where the wind is either building to a gale or waning to become perfectly still, i trim up or down once the wind has a new pattern,
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