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Author:  lurker [ Thu May 16, 2019 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

I went out sailing today in 10mph (gusting 15mph) wind.
There were moderate height waves in my river, with quite a few whitecaps.
I had a lot of trouble tacking, failing more time than I succeeded.
When I turned into the tack, at speed, the boat lost forward momentum very rapidly and stalled.
The few times I was (eventually) successful, it was because I abruptly reversed the rudder direction and the boat turned in the desired direction while being blown backwards.
I have had 0 problems tacking in light winds.
Advice please?
Thanks. Mr. Lurker.

Author:  CrumBum [ Thu May 16, 2019 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

With all of 9 months of Wave ownership and maybe 18 sailing days I have found that tacking requires pushing the tiller over in a smooth but somewhat slower method than I was used to with monohull boats. The Wave carves a rather large arc to windward as it progresses through the tack. I was use to my monohulls pivoting on a dime around the centerboard/keel. Sometimes I forget and put the tiller over to fast and blow the tack. Without the extra weight I was use to with the other boats, it loses momentum fast.

Author:  mmiller [ Thu May 16, 2019 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

Sheet hard into the tack. Slow turn as noted above... release the main until well past the next tacking angle. Pull the main in slowly to get moving.

Author:  Pescatoral Pursuit [ Fri May 17, 2019 8:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

Maybe you know this...

When you’ve done all the above but there’s still not enough momentum to complete the tack, grab the clew and manually and aggressively backwind the sail. It will force the bow through the turn.

Author:  BigWhoop [ Sat May 18, 2019 7:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

Hmmmm ....

First of all you need to be close hauled before you start your tack. As Matt says, when you're close hauled your mainsheet will be snug, borderline tight. You should have two pieces of magnetic tape taped to your bridles about 18 inches down from the forestay adjuster. (Half inch is best (VHS), Heavy Metal is reputed to be fastest. :lol: ) When you're going upwind the windward telltale should point down the back of the mast/sail.

Again as noted above push the tiller over gently at first. The boat is longish and skinny and doesn't have a pivot point (centreboard) in the middle.

Now this is the important part, which I guarantee you're not doing, keep the tiller over and the boat turning when you go across. If you allow the rudders to go straight the boat will stop turning and will end up in irons. Which is what you're experiencing. When the boat is head to wind ease the mainsheet. Four feet when you're learning, maybe only 8 inches when you're a great tacker. Keep the rudder over and the mainsheet eased until the boat is pointing in the right direction, the new upwind, with the (new) upwind telltale pointing down the back of the (other side now) of the sail. Sheet in! Success!

YMMV

Damn I do love this boat! It's not the bow it's the indian.

Author:  mlambert [ Sat May 18, 2019 10:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

I prefer to gybe the Wave when I’m messing about. Haven’t raced it yet but it feels faster to gybe vs Tack every time. And it’s more fun because you can carry more speed through the maneuver ...imho

Sorry, I know that doesn’t really address your question.

Sailed in 30mph gusting to 45 today. Gotta love the spring squals! I was out for two and a half hours and didn’t tack once.

Author:  BigWhoop [ Sun May 19, 2019 5:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

I’m so glad you’re enjoying yourself!

The Ottawa River is 20 feet above normal, it’s cold, it’s dangerous, and we’re not allowed to sail.

I could post a picture of my boat hulls upside down under the deck. :cry:

Enjoy

Author:  Pescatoral Pursuit [ Mon May 20, 2019 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Newbie hobie wave owner having trouble tacking

mlambert wrote:
I prefer to gybe the Wave when I’m messing about. Haven’t raced it yet but it feels faster to gybe vs Tack every time. And it’s more fun because you can carry more speed through the maneuver ...imho

Sorry, I know that doesn’t really address your question.

Sailed in 30mph gusting to 45 today. Gotta love the spring squals! I was out for two and a half hours and didn’t tack once.


I was in a race a few years ago, wind in the mid 20s gusting to high 20s had victimized a few Raiders, lol. The tacking was suck and I toyed with the idea of gybing instead but didn’t have the confidence I could make it out of the turn with the boat upright.

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