Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Post: "Tacking Angle"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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This post is not expressed exact #'s
I am not near the boats log book, But there are some items on the pointing that I have found to improve the pointing.
My last Maui trip was with the wind about 30 deg apparent at about 20Kts + the ugly is that we only made about 4.2 to 5.1 kts into 5 to 6ft wind waves and needed to keep falling off to keep speed and some sail form. = Not so nice sailing, but in an attempt to shorten the trip I decided to motor sail, (wow) this made a very big difference ( idling around 1400 to 1500 RPM = 4.2kts on the flat ocean) I boosted the sailing speed under the motor sail setup to 6.8 to 7.0 Kts. and better comfort +/-. still got very wet.
So How is this? I believe that pointing is greatly effected on our boats, buy pitch and roll (momentum of the heavy boat) , the sails just don't keep the required shape due to the changing angle and velocity with regard to the wind. So the added motoring in my case, kept the sails in shape better buy keeping them from going in and out of there preferred shape (roll) and thus allowing a higher pointing ability. Yes WOW I would not have guessed this, but it is true and after thinking about it, it does makes some since.
I also have old non battened sails (I have had them recut for balance) This?the balanced rig" I believe is a good trick in getting a little better windward performance. But some day when I have bigger billfold I do want to try a new main with Dave's recommendations of adding two top battens.
I drifted off topic (highest we can point ) but I think a few small tricks in the waves to help in the pointing is a bit more useful +/- give it a try next time you are trying to get some where where you have to head up from the preferred down wind sailing angles. here in Hawaii I never seam to find those nice flat seas, oh well.
Sorry on the lack of exact angle swing information (I will try next time I am on the boat to see if I can find some)