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 Post subject: Rookie question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:50 pm 
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I have been sailing for about a year now and its mostly been on my 14, and handful of times I have crewed on a 16. I have the opportunity to sail on a Tiger this spring and I would really like to have a better idea of what I am suppose to be doing as crew with the dagger boards, jib and spinnaker. Are there any books or websites I can check out that will better prepare me? I know time on the water is the best teacher but we still have a lot of ice around here 8)


 Post subject: Re: Rookie question
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:25 am 
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Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:31 am
Posts: 127
Location: Netherlands Europe
A nice book is from Jeremy Evans Catamaran Handbook
I have the book at home and have lots of tips and tricks and how to,s ... 1905104405


With a lot of Tiger pics & tuning

How to sail with spinaker

The daggerboards all the way down if you have to much lift raise them 4 " at the time (mark them ) and with the spi daggerboards halfway up

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 Post subject: Re: Rookie question
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:30 pm 
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Location: Nepean S.C. Ottawa, Canada
Try this:
#1 Do what the skipper tells you to do.
#2 The jib needs very little adjustment, not like the H16
#3 Practice setting (raising) the spin on dry land.... generally you kneel on the right hand side of the tramp facing forward, wait for the command, and then with a swimming motion, haul on the spin halyard with much effort, then lock the halyard, and start trimming. The raise should take between 1.5 and 2.5 seconds. Wear good gloves. Dowsing the spin should take about as long, again, you'll need a practice session on dry land. Get a thorough understanding as to which line does what, up or down. Sailing - Using the apparent wind, and carving a course comes with practice.... don't expect perfection in the first 10 outings. A lot of coordination is required between skipper and crew. Pre-sailing, discuss what to do when the skipper yells 'cut the spin'. Be prepared for sudden stops and swims. Don't yell too loudly as you travel at high speed.
#4 In light wind going upwind, the daggers will be fully down. As the wind picks up, raise them by the 4" segments, as described by Johann and as per your skipper's instructions. Downwind, about 1/2 way up.
#5 Keep the boat in good trim... especially the fore-aft trim.
#6 Watch what other cats are doing.... you'll be surprised how much you learn at each outing.
#7 Buy your skipper a suitable beverage after each outing... it will keep you in his good books.

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