I got the boat out today for some early season testing with the new balanced jib. April 18th! – who would’ve thunk it after the crappy winter we have had here! :0
Light winds today – around 7 mph according to the NOAA report. She sailed fine with the new jib. The jib set with a nice shape. At this wind speed I noticed no difference in the helm – she felt balanced about the same as with the stick up jib. I also could not tell any real difference in the power or speed with the new versus the old jib. I’ll need more wind to determine that, I suppose. I did have problems tacking though. The jib does not want to switch from one side to the other as I go through the eye of the wind. It wants to stop in the eye, stay filled on the first side, and then push me back where I came from. Of course I’m not happy with that. Right now my thought is to move the lower pivot point – I have that set at 2/5ths of the way back from the tack now – I’m going to try it at closer to the 1/4 mark or in between the two. The Sharpie Book suggests between 2/5ths and 1/4 so somewhere in there should be the sweet spot, I hope. She did jibe OK so I did manage to get back from where I came from 😉
If anyone has any ideas on tacking with a balanced jib, and what I would need to do to make this thing work good – I’m all ears!
No pics today – I was out by myself again.