How do i make the rocket go? I've got 3389 (White Whale) and its a really nice boat to sail. Unfortunately i can't make her go, i'm positive its something that i'm not doing but i can't think of what it might be. We seem to go well in a good blow but up until that the boat seems a bit sluggish and doesn't pickup on the gusts as i'd expect.
Posted: 15/06/2011 13:43:02
2 things come to mind. Check the front tank isn't full of water (silly maybe but been there done that) have a look at your mast rake, in case what you think is your upright powered up setting is in fact 2 ft of rake. A flat main if you are on the heavy side is unhelpful.
Posted: 15/06/2011 15:30:06
By: Andrew M
Even though I'm a dog here's my thoughts
Posted: 16/06/2011 08:58:16
You can tell from the wake if you need to move forward, it should leave the transom cleanly without a lot of bubbling and turbulence. Incidentally, the thwart in a Merlin may look like a nice seat for the crew but in lighter conditions you have to be a lot further forward than that, if there's not enough wind to both be on the side deck I helm from in front of it, move back downwind once the boat is actually planing and the bow wants to lift.
Posted: 16/06/2011 11:20:49
By: Andrew M
Thwart position varies on Merlins, some of the nose diving designs are further back,Wine vis Cant. 5ins.(to keep the helm back). We sail with 25st.so I lengthen and work on the spreaders.
Posted: 16/06/2011 18:31:17
You could also try lifting the c/board and check the rudder for weed...a very effective brake, especially in light airs.
Posted: 30/06/2011 13:48:45
By: Dave G