REDUCING THE AREA OF THE MAINSAIL (REEFING)
Don't hesitate to reef when it blows hard. The boat will be more manageable and usually faster. To reef, release the mainsail hoisting line and lower the sail until the reefing eye on the front edge of the sail (about as high on the sail as the first batten) can be hooked into the hook that holds the boom to the mast. Then retighten the hoisting line.
Release the rope that holds the rear end of the sail to the boom. Pass the line thru the reefing eye on the sail (near the bottom batten), around the boom, back thru the reefing eye, then to the cleat at the end of the boom (Photo 37)
Photo 37 Reefed mainsail, lower rear corner
The centerboard is raised and lowered by the line at the rear end of the front bunk.
The centerboard should be fully lowered when sailing into the wind, to keep the boat from sliding sideways. It should be raised completely for sailing downwind. When sailing at right angles to the wind, leave the board about half way down. This will move the center of the boat's resistance to the rear and reduce load on the rudder.
When sailing with just the mainsail, the centerboard should be about 1/2 way down, or the boat will try to point into the wind and stop.
At low speed under power, the boat steers a lot better when the board is about 1/4 down. When powering over 5 mph, the board must be all the way up.
As a general guideline, when sailing on any angle to the wind, if the boat tries to turn up into the wind with the tiller centered, or you have to pull the tiller toward the direction from which the wind is coming In order to sail In a straight line, pull the board up a bit. If the boat tries to turn away from the wind, or you have to hold the tiller away from the direction of the wind, let the board down.
The following drawing shows the details of the centerboard control cable and bolts.
There are 2 round ports on the cabin floor. If these are removed, you can gain access to the inside of the water tank and the bolts that hold the centerboard and cable pulley. If you have leaky bolts, they can be loosened and resealed with 3M 5200 sealant. These bolts can be completely removed to take the centerboard out of the boat.
When you reinstall the access ports, they must be sealed with 3M 5200 sealant and refastened absolutely leak free, since they keep the water in the water tank.
SECURING HATCHES IN HEAVY WEATHER:
In windy conditions, make sure all hatches are secured, so no water can get into the boat if the boat leans over or gets buried in a wave. The last thing you need is a boat full of water. In calm weather, it is OK to remove the top hatch and stow it below. Simply remove the hinge pivot bolts and lift off the hatch. This gives easier access to the cabin, better headroom, easier sail handling and better visibility.