Originally Posted by heandonz
Being new to multihulls and sailing in general I am struck by how much I dont know. About a lot of things but more pressing is the science of sail shape and what the hell is actually going up there.And when I should do what which brings me to inquire does anyone have any suggestions of books
I should be reading at this time.
I am no racer
but I am sure any multihull
owner would confess that we all just want to go FAST
Anyone who is not struck by how much they don't know about sailing is kidding themselves. Reading books
can be OK when you are living on dirt and the weather
is bad. But the bottom line is that often times what a book says does not always transfer once you are on the water
In one of your posts you mentioned you went 5.4 knots. One thing I do is look at my instruments before and after I trim sails
to see how the speed changes. Not sure just which instruments you have but a good GPS
is mandatory. I would suggest a decent chart plotter as well so you can set waypoints and not just rely on raw speed but VMG as well.
It is all too easy to get hung up on things like sail shape, tell tales, and what theory says should happen. Instead look at how fast your boat
is moving through the water
and what sail changes and trimming changes it for better or worse.
Another consideration, especially single
handing, is how easy/hard it is to deal with sail changes and trimming. A hank on head
sail is harder to take down or reduce sail area than a furrered one. Not to mention that a hanked on fore sail can also have issues raising or lowering; especially going forward in a sea way. I have little doubt a hanked on jib
is simpler and most likely easier to deal with. But I also have little doubt that a furrering jib
if set up right can accomplish the same thing with lines going to the cockpit
and make life for a single
hander much easier.
But the bottom line as others have posted is to spend time on the water with your current
setup and see if it works for you; or if you think changes need to be made.