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Tacking a NC33 Ketch in lighter winds?

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  • #46983
    Anonymous
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    Hoping for advice on the secrets of getting my NC 33 to come about in lighter breezes. Seems my occasional success to date to is to: 1 fall off from close hauled to a close reach and try and build up more momentum for the tack, 2 backwind the jib, then ease the main and mizzen and wait patiently for the old girl to make her way through the wind.

    Should I even be using the main when sailing upwind? should I be using the Mizzen? I have a self tacking staysail – maybe it would come in handy?

    Any experience would be appreciated.

    #47726
    Trevor Rose
    Participant

    Notice so little reaction.After 7 years trying I realised it is not to be done successfully.If…if you get the lovely old girl through the wind,your next problem is stopping the turning momentum and keeping up to the new tack.Not the designs best attribute
    Trevor Rose
    That’s why it has a large engine and propeller!

    #47730
    John Claisse
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    Because I only tacked my 1973 NC33 Mk1 when I had to e.g. for collision avoidance or for navigational reasons and had to be sure that it would be successful I always started the engine before tacking.

    #49470
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I had the same problem.
    I changed my rudder blade and now I can tack without the motor.
    see: home.kpn.nl/hoge0522/rudderblade.html

    I was told the rudder blade has to be as thick as the kiel.

    Freek Hogenhout

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