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    Roger Sturge

    I’m still, after 4 years, having difficulty in making best use of Wild Cat’s mizzen (Mk2 33). On most points of the wind it generates substantial weather helm. is my Genoa too small? Any advice/experience would be welcome.

    Roger Sturge


    Hi Roger
    Having sailed various ketches ( moody halberdier, Nauticat 38, Buchanan 33 and now a Nauticat 33) I have found that it’s great in strong winds with just the Genoa and mizzen in F5, well balanced and still gets to windward fairly well, but as previously stated, this is not an ocean greyhound.
    It’s useful if you motorsail in stronger winds if it gets you where you want to go. It’s all about balance.
    As I do a bit of race management, themixxen is great for keeping head to wind at starts and finishes where it’s not possible to anchor, (Loch Fyne has 220 meters in places).
    If your main is loose footed and is on an in mast roller, getting the balance is not as easy as a slab reef or two, remember reefing takes the pressure off, the boat will sail more upright and more comfortable, sailing her on her ear just makes her slide sideways. It’s all about centre of effort and lateral resistance to achieve comfortable forward motion.
    Old saw, if your thinking you need to reef, your too late to do so, but do it anyway.
    Enjoy tinkering
    Kind regards

    Trevor Rose

    Having sailed Bermudan rigs for 40 years I had the same problem with the mizzen.I agree with Graham.I found thatwhen Sailing with 3 sails any drive from the mizzen unbalanced the boat,causing a change of direction,thus extra rudder movement,thus extra drag,nullifying any gain of drive from the mizzen.
    It looks good though!
    Trevor Rose

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