New to Hobie 16 this summer, long time sailor. I've now had my 2005 H16 out in a variety of conditions and the one constant is that I can't seem to get the main set quite right. When I have the boat so that the main feels right (just to my gut feel), the windward telltales in the luff of the sail are flapping. It's not extreme but certainly a sign to me that the leading edge of the sail is not trimmed in enough for the point of sailing. Meanwhile the trailing edge leech telltales are wrapped around to the leeward side indicating that the main is over trimmed for the point of sailing. I just cannot seem to get both the forward and trailing telltales to flow nicely at the same time. This is true on all points of sail. And I assume this is preventing me from pointing as well as I should be able to do so.
Vertically the telltales seem to be doing about the same at all levels so I don't think the problem is one of twist. I think the problem might be one of too much belly in the sail. But I'm not sure.
Should I go more extreme on the downhaul? I'm already at the point where the boom is at the black tape mark on the mast. And it's quite difficult to get any more downhaul. To get more I think I'd need to put my feet against the mast and pull back. I do put the downhaul on before I tension the jib halyard. I'm concerned about breaking something with more jib tension.
Or is this simply a matter of the sails being 10 years old? Would new sails have less of a belly?
Or have I missed the problem altogether?
Thanks in advance,