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RE: a newbie question




Donna,

>From the been there, did that file:  I have found that the kick up rudder,
if not positioned down at the proper angle has a huge effect on steer
ability and helm feel.  That might be something to look at.

I also agree, at slow speeds through the water there may not be enough water
moving past the keel and rudder to adequately counter strong cross wind
forces on the hull.

-- Dave Gottschalk

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of D. Cobb
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:17 AM
To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: a newbie question

Hey all,
First, I am NOT the sailor in our family- more the "bikini clad 'hood' 
ornament, "but
have a question about operating the boat.

We were enjoying a fabulous Thai supper last night with some sailing 
buddies and
got to yakking about boats of course. We seen to have problems keeping 
our SJ23,
"FlitterMouse" (cute little bat; we are cavers too) going where WE want 
it to go when
it's really windy or white capping on the lake. Do y'all have the same 
problem?

It doesn't matter if the sails are up or down, we have a hard time 
controlling her when
it's really windy and wondered if the problem is:

A) the keel too small or configured in such a way to create this issue
B) the tiller is too small or again, configured in a way that causes this
C) the relatively high profile, but short length of the SJ23
D) total goober operator error

I'd appreciate any advice or problem solving from the more experienced 
on the listgroup!

Thanks & Good sailing!
Donna


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