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Old 07-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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Steady Sails...Do they work?

Yes, steadying sails can reduce the amount of roll if there is sufficient sail area and some wind.* Need more sail than the typical "handkerchief," but one certainly doesn't need the sail area or a tall mast of a sailboat.*

The fore-and-aft (jib and main) sail rig on my boat works well.* Two sails provide more sail area for a given mast height, and*moves the center of force closer to the middle of the boat.* The sails**increase stability, and with the right winds, can increase speed slightly but which can significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Regardless,*I'm not a nautical engineer and am unqualified to answer as to the necessary height of the mast.

-- Edited by markpierce on Thursday 21st of July 2011 09:46:02 PM
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