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Old 07-22-2011, 11:08 AM   #9
bshanafelt
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City: Seattle, WA
Vessel Name: Isobel K
Vessel Model: 37' Custom Pilothouse
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RE: Steady Sails...Do they work?

my sail is around 30 sq ft. and works somewhat for roll attenuation.* Probably along the description above of 'dampening'.

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It is indispensable in a windy anchorage as it reduces the sailing at anchor drastically.* Without the sail up, the boat will wander somewhere around 50 degrees, which often will put us in an uncomfortable beam to wave scenario at each end of the arc.

With the sail up, the arc reduces to 20 degrees or so and is quite nice.

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Just have to remember to take it down before pulling into a marina, or else I experience what it must be like to drive a tall flybridge enclosed single without a bowthruster.
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