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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:53 am 
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Question - I've sailed monohauls for years and purchased my first Getaway this season. We absolutely love it but have noticed that it has difficulty maintaining a true close hauled tack and seems "comfortable" only in a close reach tack at best. We need to sail up a fairly narrow channel to get to open water so with our monohaul we tend to sacrifice speed on a close hauled tack - but the Getaway can't seem to maintain it. Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:25 pm 
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Cats don't point as well as monohulls. Just a fact you will have to get used to. Can't have everything! sacrifice you have to make but the benefit is speed. I'll take it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Duly noted! We are definitely satisfied with the speed too! So at least we know that it is not our sailing technique. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:23 pm 
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Take a look at this thread: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=37283 from some past posts about mast rake, tell tales, and sail trim. A Getaway won't sail as close to the wind as other cats or monohulls due to the way the hulls are constructed and the cut of the sails. But you can squeeze better windward performance out of the boat by keeping the crew weight forward (make that leeward bow dig into the water) and by following some of the tips on the thread.

When you are sailing closehauled in a narrow channel, you will get lots of practice in tacking quickly!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:04 am 
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Thanks, JT. That is helpful. I haven't tried adjusting the mast yet. I will try that tonight when we go out - I can't remember if we set it more aft or not, to be honest. We have been trimming the jib as we would on the monohaul - tell tales parallel.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:04 am 
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Trimming the telltales correctly means you're approaching the problem the right way.

JTCole's suggestion about moving the weight forward on the leeward hull is absolutely correct, and one most people won't be aware of unless they've sailed a Getaway. It really helps!

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