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 Post subject: Shallow steering
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:14 pm 
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i find that using the tiller / rudders after running shallowon my SC and the rudders kick up very difficult. I have a channel to come in with the wind behind me. any tricks would be greatly appreciated.
i have thought of dropping the main and using only the jib. i have 200 yards and a jibe to handle in shallow water.
it got away from my in heavy air and slammed into a nearby dock.

thanks in advance for you info.

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 Post subject: Re: Shallow steering
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:23 am 
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Sounds like dropping the main and going under jib only would be a real good idea. Once the rudders kick up, you get a ton of weather helm. Dropping the main and going under jib only will counteract that with a lot of lee helm, so it should help balance things out. This will only really work if you're heading downwind. Going upwind under jib alone would be tough.

Also keep in mind that if the water is shallow, you can always have someone ready to jump off and help stop/turn the boat (assuming you aren't going too fast). If someone jumps off holding the bow (bridle wire), the boat will immediately spin up into the wind and depower.

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 Post subject: Re: Shallow steering
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:51 am 
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sounds like a good plan on "ON SHORE" "low tide" days. Those are the real troublesome ones. thanks.

I will also start using my "kicker" on other low tide days.

thanks for you help and time.

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