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The three magic numbers for optimum sailing comfort and efficiency
Newcomers to sailing can easily get overwhelmed by the complexity of the boat, the points of sail, the complex sailing environment and all the strings that need to be pulled aboard to make it happen. Worse, in this environment, it is all too easy to over canvas a boat and get into a right mess and even break gear.
Getting the most out of a vessel is by measuring and coding
Getting the most out of a vessel is not easy. A few highly gifted individuals will be able to feel for the sweet spots of a vessel and make the most of it. But people this talented are rare and it takes a long time for most of us to get the feel of a vessel and optimise it in a wide range of conditions
Improving a vessel's upwind performance in bluewater cruising vessels
Upwind sailing is an arduous pounding affair that we all try to avoid. However hard we try to avoid 'the beat', it is inevitable that we all have to go upwind sometime. When it happens most cruising sailors are completely taken aback by the vessel's sudden lack of upwind performance when set against a vessels theoretical pointing capability, or one experienced previously when leisure sailing. Most blue water cruising boats seem to suddenly defy logic and refuse to point effectively. The difference is the added equipment weight of the expedition and household equipment that the boat has taken on, it effectively kills off the vessels upwind performance. This comes as a surprise to most cruising sailors causing problems when they are forced to go upwind to reach their destination.