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Post Options Post Options   Quote hurricane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 05 at 6:36pm
they say not sure if its true that a spitfire is the fastest tacking cat.
lifes to short to sail slow boats!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote *GM* Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 05 at 11:15am

A lot depends on what type of cat you're talking about.  Cats which have skegs (like Dart 15/16/18) or have assymetric hulls (like the Hobie 16) will tack pretty slowly and do like to have the jib backed to blow them round onto the new tack.  Cats with boards (like the Spitfire, Stealth, F18s etc) will tack much more quickly.  Many of the latest boats have a self tacking jib so you can't back the jib anyway - and there are plenty of singlehanders that don't have jibs anyway.

Important things which I've learnt since I started sailing a cat:

  • go into the tack fast - if you're trapezing, you need to start the tack and then come in off the wire, not the other way around
  • move weight to the back of the boat and stay on the original windward side until the boat is through the wind on the new tack
  • ease a lot of mainsheet as the boat goes head to wind
  • if (when) you blow a tack, steer the opposite way so the boat will reverse out of irons onto the new tack.

 

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hi everyone this is my first post in the forum, but i have been reading it for quite a while.

i know that theres a few cat sailors on here so wondering if they can help me with thias dilema?

i can usally be found pottering about in the heron (admitidly its falling to bits) but i really want to buy a cat(not the meow-ing type). something about 16ft, hobie or a dart

now the question i have to ask is, whats all this i hear about tacking cats,
can u make them tack?
if so whats the therory behind it?

or have i got my wires crossed somewhere?

many thanks
Catsaway

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