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 Post subject: tacking my 14
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:40 pm 
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i've recently graduated from an 18' FD to a HC14. its my first cat, my first ride with no head sail. Wondering what i have to do to get her to tack. Shes a pitch poling, back flipping, gybing maniac...but she hates crossing the wind to-weather???!!!! Anyone, anyone...


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 Post subject: Re: tacking my 14
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:31 am 
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Search the forums - there's lots of info.

Basically, you have to be very gentle on the tiller - steer through the tack, let out lots (feet) of mainsheet when you get head to wind and never let the rudders straighten out until you're pointed on the new tack.


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 Post subject: Re: tacking my 14
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:28 pm 
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I have recently been through this learning curve. Make sure you are close hauled and have a little momentum. Gently turn into the tack, and I roll it just a little. Let the sheet go when head to wind. Keep the rudders turned through the tack, and as mentioned, let the main sheet go as she comes around. Over tack, don't get greedy. Bear off to gain speed then sheet in and come up.

Learn to back wind. My thought is get on the side of the boat you want to be on and push everything away. Push the tiller away, push the boom away, way out there. Then I watch the rudders. Once I stop moving backwards and I am pointed in the right direction, reverse the rudders and sheet in carefully. Hope that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: tacking my 14
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:21 pm 
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thanks, guys. appreciate the advice. hoping for some more breezy days so i can go out and try it again.


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