> |> When is it best to move the mast towards the front, and when is it
> |> best to move it back?
> This may be a simplistic answer, and I think (and kind of hope) it will
> start more physics of sailing posts. When I set my harness lines, I
> think to the last sail I used, and move the lines about an inch forward
> for each sail size decrease. So if I had the 6.0 up, and I put the
> 4.7 up, I move the lines forwards 2 inches. I do the same with the
> mast track, coming back with smaller sails.
i've often wondered what the effect of mast base position is because it
affects so man different things: does c/e go back when base goes back or
does it rotate up and fwd with sailor as fulcrum? what about effect of
where the mast is pushing on the board? i think a lot of people find a
good position for their weight and style and leave it there for all
sails and conditions. are there any times anyone goes to fore or aft extreme?
i remember once going all the way forward and rounding up continually (that's
why i think the c/e may rotate opposite to instead of move with base).
does it affect spin out? how about footstrap positions relative to mast foot?
whose going to reduce all this data?
> With my big 6.0,
"big" 6.0? obviously not a small-lake sailor.
things looked promising on cayuga lake today: windy everywhere,
storm/hail/tornado warnings, i went to the beach before work and it was wall
to wall whitcaps, BUT, by the time i got there after work - well, you lake
sailors know the rest and the others would just snicker. i only got in the
straps 3 or 4 times, and then only for 10 s max. i had only packed up to my
6.1 and then found i had the wrong mast, the base got stuck, etc etc so i
was "Team Rig" for about an hour. most of the sailing time i was in the toilet
(that's what that non-planing noise reminds me of). i am 200 lb and there were
lightweights out there with 6.6 and up. even they weren't planing all the
time. i didn't smile much. it was down
to 12 or 15 before common sense took over and i gave up. i got good at my light
wind waterstart. and then i broke my skeg on the garage door when i got home
(start violins here). you guys on the ocean or big lakes, just remember that
when we hear "25 knots" it's really 8-25 on a 5-10 second timescale (rest of
orchestra chimes in). 2:1 max:min is a rare GOOD day 4:1 or 5:1 is more
typical. i spent more time sailing in cape hatteras 2 weeks ago where we got
3 out of 6 than i have on cayuga in the past year (big finish with cymbals).
for sale: beat up O'Brien 9'4", beat up Bic loooongboard, ancient RAF sails:
3.7, 4.0, 4.5, 4.9, 5.0, 5.4, 6.1 (really beat up, will give to anyone),
7.8 north (used but good), several old-style
(short batten) sails (10 years old), several fiberglass masts, 14.5-15+ft,
old booms (non-clamping), old misc boards: 1 wooden, shaped like a small
sunfish, another wooden, flat bottom, 2 goolies (the brits may know what these
are - soft foam), misc parts (wsh mast bases, misc seat and chest harnesses).
shipping included, $3.50 (US) takes the lot - i'll write you a check or send
cash as you prefer.
i'm keeping the HiFly with the 6.4 for my wife, she's light enough to have fun,
and it's her board, anyway.