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Aaron Norlund


When you say "tacking angle", specifically what do you mean? The boat's "close hauled" degree from true wind, or the total angle a W32 creates from close hauled to close hauled when tacking (ie 95*s, etc).

I can get the W32 to sail well close hauled at 50* from the true wind in 5-8kts. Above that, I can eek 45*. In 20kts under main, yankee and staysail, nearly 40*. Past 25kts, when the yankee or stays'l comes down, it gets back down to 50*.

The key is to give your stays'l room to breath to improve the yankee and mains'l air column slot. IE, don't over-sheet. Also, ensure your main has a deep and consistent draft in anything short of 18kts. Too many cruisers ignore the boom vang and outhaul, sacrificing not only speed, but windward ability. Those same people will spend hours tuning their rig though...kinda funny.

My method of measurement is my senses and built-in protractor.

Aaron N.

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