Upwind Motorsailing in Light Airs

Beating to windward is fine for day sailing or in a race, but on a passage where the issue is getting there as quickly as possible, with minimum effort and discomfort, the engine becomes the most efficient way to go uphill, providing you have a reliable source of power and an efficient propeller.

It is also usually less expensive to run the engine than to pay for wear and tear on your rig and sails.

If your course is dead upwind, bring the main traveler to windward a couple of feet (600 milli-

Two approaches to motorsailing. Above, using a reefed main in light airs to stabilize the boat. There is a small amount of drive being derived from the main above, but it is a close call. If you don t have 15- to 18-degrees of apparent wind, the form drag of the sail will really slow the boat down. Below the main is driving right along at about 30-degrees apparent. In this manner the main will generate as much as half the power required to move the boat forward.

Two approaches to motorsailing. Above, using a reefed main in light airs to stabilize the boat. There is a small amount of drive being derived from the main above, but it is a close call. If you don t have 15- to 18-degrees of apparent wind, the form drag of the sail will really slow the boat down. Below the main is driving right along at about 30-degrees apparent. In this manner the main will generate as much as half the power required to move the boat forward.

The most effi cient powering speeds, the point where the longest range is achieved, is typically at a speed at or just under the square root of the waterline length. As an example, for a 36 foot (11.3 meter) waterline this would be right around six knots.

Motorsailing check list:

□ Fuel tanks and fuel filters clean.

□ Watch maximum heel angle for continuous engine operation (check owner's manual).

□ If prop cavitation occurs back off on rpms.

meters), and move the leech of the main right to the centerline.

You will find that you need around 12- to 15-degrees of apparent wind angle to get the best combination of drive out of the mainsail and engine.

The main should be moderately flat in these conditions.

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