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    Re: leeway
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2001 Dec 06, 5:45 AM

    These are my notions regarding leeway.
    All sailboats have it.
    Read in one of the standard how-to books that a boat on a beam reach has circa 
    4 degrees and same boat close hauled circa 8 degrees.  Obviously different 
    for different boats.
    This isn't a problem for an experienced helmsman coastal cruising. They just 
    allow for it by visual ranges.
    It is an issue when navigating by compass bearing or chart planning though.
    I figure that I can't steer closer than 5 degrees on the compass; I can't do 
    arithmetic in my head at all (especially if both hands are in use); and it is 
    better on a sail boat to sail high of your mark than right at it.
    So...  I allow 5 degrees for leeway if I'm beem reaching and 10 if close hauled.
    Oh...  This was only meant to address leeway caused by windage; not set and drift.
    Original Message:
    From- Peter ffive@TPG.COM.AU
    Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 10:35:51 +1100
    Subject: [NAV-L] leeway
    'I gave myself a headache once trying to account for leeway on a trip,
    and gave up.'
    This is just a rough rule of thumb. Look at the wake your boat is
    leaving behind. If the leeway is significant you will see it stream out
    not dead astern, but at an angle of, say, 10 degrees. I have heard of
    people putting marks on their pushpit indicating 5, 10, etc degrees so
    they can factor it in to their calculations. My experience is that the
    effect is generally mild  EXCEPT for when you are carrying too much sail
    for the conditions and are consequently being excessively heeled. The
    keel can no longer work efectively and then you do make lots of leeway.
    Another reason for reefing early.
    Peter Fogg
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