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Old 04-13-2016, 02:30 PM   #8
Gbinterim
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City: Phoenix
Country: U.S.A
Vessel Name: Interim
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 36
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 125
We have a Grand Banks 36 with a steadying sail. 20 years ago we gave up our sailboat, mind willing body says no, but we use our sail. On a beam reach we gain 1/2 knot of speed and it reduces the roll significantly. At anchor with a stiff breeze the boat only moves about 10 degrees off center each way eliminating the dancing effect at anchor. We have tested not employing the engine in 35 knots of wind to see what happens and the result is no forward progress, but the boat stays in a narrow arc head to wind. During that same experiment we allowed the boat to fall off and ran downwind at a speed of one knot helm control was poor. In the previous experiment a boom vang is a must. All in all we are happy that we have the option to use it and would have one on our next boat. We boat in Alaska and have plenty opportunity to use the sail.
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