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Genoa Sheets & Windward
In a discussion on the forum about how to improve M20 windward performance,
Chris Mitchell pointed out that a 20 foot boat with a flat bottom, broad entry,
wide beam and a lifting keel is never going to point that high, particularly if
going into any sort of sea.
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However, he has modified
the rig on his M20, Layla, so that the sheets on a big furling genoa run to
large blocks mounted on the transom outer corners before returning to the
winches, as pictured above. This provides a finer sheeting angle inside the
rails. He advises that he probably points another 5 or 10 degrees higher as a
result but even so still tacks through about 110 degrees, or worse into a sea.
Chris also suggests that
if he knows he is going to be tacking to windward for a while, he brings the
unused windward sheet inside the masthead shroud which again narrows the
sheeting angle further. After tacking it is then possible to do the same with
the opposite sheet .
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