just came back from a week in Pensacola. Had great sailing weather, trip summary here: viewtopic.php?t=48055
Anyway, as I mention in the recap, my dad and I both feel that i should be getting better performance out of our H16 in variable winds 6-12mph. Last week, my wife and I sailed in these conditions and even with one of us sitting on the low side, never could come close to lifting a hull. The wind was nice and steady, and i felt like we should be going much faster, more power.
I seem to be getting alot of twist on the top 3rd of the sail, spilling air that is much needed. Have tried following based on other tuning recommendations:
Downhaul just snug to get wrinkles out
Outhaul relatively light
Very little mast rake- blocks about 6 inches apart at maxed sheet
So.... Any other suggestions?
One thing I noticed while the boat was sitting on the beach- When a large wave washed up enough to hit the water side hull, the whole boat seemed very loose. What I mean is that there was a good amount of pay in the pylon to casting joint, allowing the hulls to swing a bit. Would shimming help? The tramp is pretty darn tight, so don;t know that is contributing anything
Sails, they still seem to have that "crispy" sound, but i do think they may be original sails. They are Factory at least.
Since I haven't been around a newer boat with new Dacron, I have no frame of reference.
Anything else to check? I would really like to get this figured out, ass it would dramatically increase the time we could use the boat here in E TN. Right now, my wife and I don;t see the benefit to go through rigging everything unless the lake is white capping, or close to it.
Thanks, sorry for the long dissertation.