- Jul 30, 2011--- In privateer20@..., "seannorris65" <seannorris65@...> wrote:
>Most interesting; I must try that myself.
> I replaced my sails three years ago and when advising the sail maker of my sail habits this is what I told him.
> -Up to 10 knots full sail.
> -10 to 15 Knots if I am felling energetic both Jibs and a deep reefed (double reefed main) of if lazy just the the two jibs.
> -15 to 19 knots the two jibs only
> -@ 20 knots the boat either stays on the mooring or I use the engine (my preference is to stay on the mooring!).
> My experience of the Privateer is that she is not a textbook sailing boat. for instance convention for shortening sail on a cutter rig is to take down the inner jib before reefing the main. I tried this but the boat felt dead and lacked power so instead I settled on the double reefing option to shorten sail and I find the boat nicely balanced when this is done. Also it is vital to always have the main sheet whether using a full or reefed main in your hand to dump it quickly if required. I also found that in the wind range 8-12 knots before I shorten sail that she sails quite well with the mainsheet well eased to the point that the main sail from the luff to almost 50% back to the leech is inverted or has a back bubble. It looks aweful but it works!
I totally agree that the Privateer is not a textbook sailing boat, either in general terms or specifically as a gaff cutter, and it is very much a matter of learning the particular boat.
For those, like myself, who are more familiar with Beaufort scale than with wind speeds in knots, a translation:
7-10 knots - force 3
11-15 knots - force 4
16-20 knots - force 5
-Up to force 3, full sail.
-Force 4, if feeling energetic both Jibs and a deep reefed (double reefed) main, or if lazy just the the two jibs.
-Force 5, the two jibs only.
-Above force 5, the boat either stays on the mooring or use the engine (preference is to stay on the mooring!).
Around top of force 3 / bottom of force 4, instead of shortening sail she sails quite well with the mainsheet well eased, as described.
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