Gybe monkeys and cats

Helina

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My cat, Outremer, tacks without problems. Takes a bit longer than AWB but close hauled speed pays it back.

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Perfectly possible to tack a modern cat.

older designs have a few peculiarities, for example I need to slack the mainsheets as I tack otherwise she can hang.

A big cat will also have the momentum to get through the wind much better tahn a small one., but backing a genoa should always enable a tack except perhaps in very light breeze, but heavier sea.
 

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Where does this come from Jimi? I know of no modern-ish production cat (post 1975, say) that won't tack. Some take a bit longer than others, some need to back the headsail, some need to have the main eased, but they all tack; gybing would take longer and be more risky, as it is in a half-boat.

Belladonna will go through the wind as fast as any cruising mono and will be going twice as fast in half the time on the next tack.
 

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I've only really sailed a Hobie and could'nt really tack it cos I woz useless, just wondered if bigger fings were similar
 
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