I'm sure everyone would love to see your sweet self-tacking jib setup. Also your sails - what is different, is it draft position, size, squaretop, other ??
Any other secrets/tips/tricks you want to divulge ?
In relatively flat water, blowing just barely trap weather, how far should deck of leeward bow be above water if windward hull is just kissing the water ? From what i've read here, sailing sterns out and speed is controversial. Seems less accepted now than years ago for the H18. I don't have a position on it, i'm not that good - just asking.
I sail a '82 H18 and a '84 Magnum. The '82 is a custom monster with self-tacking jib, spin and SX mast. This boat is as close to an F18 as a H18 will ever get. I have full custom sails on it from Whirlwind, and I do mean custom. There is no one else sailing the same main shape as mine and I believe I have the only properly fit H18 self tacker out there, with the custom jib. I have played with many of the tricks on the H18 and most will never get the full power out of it. The Bergman book is only the tip of the iceberg of tuning options for the H18. I'm doing things with the mast Phil never considered.
Number one tip for H18 speed is to keep the sterns clean. What I mean is out of the water. On any point of sail the H18 is faster if the sterns do not drag.