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Jib Advise

Aug 2, 2010
J-Boat J/88 Cobourg
I'm not sure of this but your lack of weather helm might be a result of the position of your forestay. You might be experiencing lee helm.

I have set the forestay longer by an inch than that recommended by the comprehensive guideline from North for the boat. I did it initially to help pointing and it worked for that somewhat but I feel it could use some more. We don't have lee helm for sure but there is little if any weather helm. You could set the tiller handle down on your leg and it won't try to move till something changes.

All it takes is ONE person on the boat that understands what he's doing - like a manager. Without a manager you have chaos.

We have a good group of Guys with three of us having a fair amount of experience. The challenge, and I think it is a good one is that we have 3 people thinking like managers. As Skipper I make the final calls but I do like people to express their opinions and to try things so it all works out in the end but takes some time to get to 95% or wherever we will get. We have good polars, a good trim guide, and good sails so we are really close.
Finally, I bought an Vakaros Atlas which tracks your race and gives you an electronic track you can analyze.
Thanks, Dan
May 17, 2004
Other Catalina 30 Tucson, AZ
Dan: Two last comments: if the added length doesn't get the results you're seeking go back to what North suggested.

On opinions: I like opinions too. During my ON THE WATER SEMINARS folks could suggest sail trim adjustments to the main & jib but they had to tell me WHY they were suggesting a particular sail trim adjustment. Without WHY they were just guessing.