Testament to J80 Balance

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Postby Guest » Mon Sep 22, 2003 9:27 pm

I had to sail home from a regatta today, about 20 miles directly into a 25 knot breeze with 2 to 3 foot seas. The amazing thing was that I was able to simply tie-off the tiller and the boat pretty much steered itself thru the vagaries of the breeze and chop, with almost no attention until it was time to tack. It kept itself right on the breeze, usually within 15 or so degrees of the apparent wind. I hate to admit it, but I think the boat steers itself upwind thru waves and chop much better than I do...

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:32 pm

I agree the boat is steers itself upwind really nicely. I have set up a sort of "mechanical autopilot" which can be easily tuned and "switched" on or off simply using 2 lines and camcleats as shown on the attached picture. Regardless you are using the jib or the 155% genoa, the "autopilot" does perfectly his job...
Also useful for blocking the tiller when at the mooring

Massimo Polo

PS picture will follow when I will be able to avoid getting the error message 200x200 size limit exceeded....

Postby Guest » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:55 pm

pics attached now
thanks to all for the help
<img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/344/51.jpg" alt="">

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:53 am

Can you detail the cam cleat autopilot better than the picture details? It looks like something I have been trying to figure out but can't make it out from the foto.


Postby Guest » Thu Oct 14, 2004 12:10 pm

The other thing that you can do is just hook the backstay lines over the tiller (both of them). Then you can adjust tension with the backstay lines which already run through cam cleats. I've done this before while sailing upwind solo and sat on the rail for 10 minutes while eating lunch. Just don't fall in! This is also a helpful trick when hoisting/dropping the spinnaker single handed.

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