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Using a Drifter

Discussion in 'Sail Trim with Don Guillette' started by John Tubb, Dec 3, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,531 posts, 1,352 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Use your drifter in 2-7 knots of true breeze. Never try and go hard to windward, always crack off the helm (and trim!) a bit so you sail no higher than 50 degrees true. While you can pole it out and go downwind, if you have nowhere in particular to go the most fun is to close reach around, which will keep the apparent wind higher than true and that helps keep the sail full. And yes its fine to try it with your regular headsail sheets.

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  2. Meriachee


    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,013 posts, 398 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Edmonton, Ab Wabamun - on the orange ball
    That's pretty good this time @Kermit . Since our Ops Center is working on some new processes, I took the liberty of submitting it for inclusion someplace.

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  3. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    3,769 posts, 953 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Sumter, SC Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Yep. No matter how busy you get there’s always time for a beer run.

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  4. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    588 posts, 147 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH Littleton, NH
    Is that like, you always have time for heart surgery or you always have time to reload when under fire or you always have time to come about when there are rock ahead?
    - Will (Dragonfly)

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  5. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    3,769 posts, 953 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Sumter, SC Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I guess it is. Just like that!

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  6. nightowle


    Joined Aug 28, 2006
    163 posts, 6 likes
    Bavaria 35E
    US seattle
    I had a hank on drifter for my O'Day 27. It's a great sail in light wind in any direction; close hauled, beam reach, or downwind. We used it with the same sheets as our jib and genoa with no problem. A whisker pole was used most of the time on a beam reach or downwind particularly when conditions were really light.

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  7. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,026 posts, 507 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Why not??

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